If you have a small patch of garden in the middle of the city, the chances are that it will be overlooked by a building, fence or perhaps your neighbours’ trees. Shaded gardens are one of the more common features in our compact city dwellings.
Shaded Garden Design Services London:
Creating an oasis in a dark shaded space
Overlooked & Shaded Garden Design
Shaded garden design can provide many visual and practical challenges to the garden designer, they can also offer an opportunity to create a wonderful, visually stimulating oasis of calm and tranquillity.
For many a shaded garden can be seen as a problem.
Firstly, because as a rule you can’t grow some of the brighter flower varieties such as roses, tulips or salvias in shady conditions and for many people a garden must have colour to count.
Whilst a lack of light can be a problem for plants which come from hotter or more tropical climates, but there are many gorgeous plants which have adapted to the conditions found in shade.
Secondly, a shaded garden can suggest one which is cooler and perhaps not somewhere you would choose to sit. However it can provide a welcome retreat from our hotter summer weather.
Although you can’t always do anything about a garden space being in the shade, you can design gardens to make the most of a shaded location and even embrace the qualities and opportunities of a shaded spot. A shady garden does not have to be a bland and colourless area. With good planting and use of hard landscaping you can have a kaleidoscope of colour in the shadiest of garden spaces.
The shaded basement garden we designed for our clients in Hampstead proves you can have a glorious space even in a basement area.
Opportunities when designing shaded gardens, beds and borders:
Shaded garden design of limited ligth spaces offers the chance to successfully grow plants which thrive in woodland and cooler climates. Ferns, hellebores, hydrangeas, heuchera and a whole host of other wonderful leafy and flowering plants will thrive in the cooler, shadier garden.
Here are some of the challenges and solutions to shaded garden design:
Shaded Garden Design in Hampstead Case Study
The challenges of this small, shaded basement courtyard:
The Shaded Basement Garden design solutions:
Solutions to make this shaded garden a space to enjoy: