Why neglect corners of shade when a multitude of plants know how to adapt to them?
Fuchsias, comfrey, pulmonary and impatiens can brighten up these shady spaces.
Fuchsias, stars of the shadows
There are a wide variety of fuchsias …and some species like the sun better. For your shady corners, choose rustic fuchsias, such as fuchsia magellanica tricolor. Place them in a bin or in the ground in mid-May in soil just enriched with compost. They will bloom throughout July.
For the first few years, protect them from frost: tuck the trays in and cover the plants in place with a bed of leaves. After a few years, the plant will be strong enough to withstand the rigours of winter. In the spring, prune them back, shortening the branches by 20 cm and removing any damaged branches.
If space permits, install ferns that will bring out the vibrant colors of your fuchsias. Also think about the periwinkle with yellow or blue flowers. It is invasive, but easy to live with.
To prevent it from overgrowing, introduce two plants of the borage family: borage and borage. lung and dwarf comfrey. The former are among the best shade plants because they can withstand summer drought and retain beautiful foliage speckled with white all year round.
The beautiful tricoloured bells (white, blue, pink) of these two plants are best with fuchsias.
To cover the floor, a carpet of impatiens white horticultural tones will bring clarity. Before installing your impatiens, it is necessary to contain the comfrey which spreads easily with their rhizome. Simply pull out the troublesome plants.
Take this opportunity to cut the leaves of all the comfrey and use them to enrich the soil before planting impatiens that behave like annuals outdoors.
Remember to keep the soil moist if you want to see them bloom all summer long, especially if it is hot and dry.
M.-C . H.
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