Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Shade Plants for Central Texas

Shade in Central Texas used to be a real challenge for me. I was always a sun garden girl and I love the diverse collection of colors and shapes you can use in the sun Xeriscape garden.  However, as I took on more challenging shade gardens with filtered light and deep shade I became more delighted by the opportunities. While you may not have the color palette you have with sun plants, you have a really cool variation in shades of green, variegated and textured leaves than you do with sun.

This is a shade garden where I have used contrast and color to create interest. Adding natural elements like river rock can also bring light to the space.

This is a shade garden where I have used contrast and color to create interest. Adding natural elements like river rock can also bring light to the space.

Creating drama with natural elements like river rock or a dry creek bed can lighten and define a shade garden.  Be sure to include variegated plants and assorted shades of green.

I love this shot, it is a great view from the top of the hill to the seating area below. I have used a combination of TX perennials with seasonal annuals to make a statement of color with leaves in a really dark space.

I love this shot, it is a great view from the top of the hill to the seating area below. I have used a combination of TX perennials with seasonal annuals to make a statement of color with leaves in a really dark space.

 In the space above I show how I have used similarly shaped (mounding) plants with contrasting foliage but most have long leaves with varying widths to tie in a collection of assorted colors.

Here again I am showing a combination of perennials and annuals. This is a low to moderate water use garden that is strategically planted for maximum efficiency.

Here again I am showing a combination of perennials and annuals (coleus). This is a low to moderate water use garden that is strategically planted for maximum efficiency.

In this photo (above) I am showing how I have used an assortment of textures to play with the limited light that comes through the trees. Even the slightest breeze creates movement as well. All excellent ways to create drama without the benefit of bright color.

 Finally, I want to share some of my favorite shade plants though the list is too long to include here so for more photos and information head to my Facebook page here.

Shrimp Plant

Shrimp Plant

grecian pattern plant

Grecian Pattern Plant

Wood Fern

Wood Fern

Spider Wort

Spider Wort

Ming Fern

Ming Fern

Canna Tropicanna

Canna Tropicanna

Elaeagnus × ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge,

Elaeagnus × ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge,

Abutilon Marilyns Choice

Abutilon Marilyn’s Choice

 

List of shade to part sun plants:

Nolina Grass, Cedar Sedge, Oxolis, pigeonberry, TX Aster, Umbrella Plant, Aralia Palm, Beauty Berry, White and Blue Greggs Mist, Rock Rose, Elbow Bush, Mock Orange, Buckeye, sumac and so much more.

If you are in Austin or the surrounding area and would like information on a shade landscape design or educational consultation call me at 512-733-7777 or email me at lisalapaso@gmail.com.

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape and Design (“like” me on Facebook)

“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”

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2 Comments

  1. mariagatling

    Lisa, you are so good at what you do and it is so evident that you are so passionate about this! You inspire me! These are beautiful.

    • Thank you Maria, I do love what I do and literally get an adrenalin rush when I am designing. Plants are magical and I am so honored to work for Mother Earth 😉

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