Shade Container Garden: Plants For Creating Shade Containers
The purpose of creating shade containers is to create a place where you can relax and enjoy nature without having to worry about heat or cold. You will have a comfortable area where you can read, watch TV, listen to music, play games, etc. The best thing about these types of containers are they provide protection from the sun’s rays while still allowing light into your home. These types of containers are very popular because they allow you to create a nice space that is not too big, but it is large enough to accommodate all your needs.
They also make it easy to add a little extra privacy when you want. There are many different kinds of containers available for shade. Some of them include:
Tall Shrubs – Tall shrubs are plants that grow taller than most other plants. They usually require some sort of support so they don’t topple over, but they do need to be at least 30 inches (76 cm) high and wide enough to reach the ground level. You should avoid using plants that grow very wide, as they will take up more space. Common tall shrubs include arborvitae, junipers, and spruces.
Evergreen Shrubs – Evergreens are shrubs that maintain their foliage throughout the year. Most of these plants are available in large sizes and can easily block your home from the sun during the summertime. It is extremely important that they are cut on a regular basis to ensure that their height and width do not overcome your home. Common evergreen shrubs include rhododendrons, hollies, and forsythias.
Trees – Trees can provide you with the most shade, but you should only choose a couple of them to place in your container.
Sources & references used in this article:
Shade limited root mass and carbohydrate reserves of the federally endangered beach clustervine (Jacquemontia reclinata) grown in containers by SJ Wright, MW Fidelibus – Native Plants Journal, 2004 – npj.uwpress.org
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Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens Up the Shadows by L Hodgson – 2005 – books.google.com
Germination and establishment of the native plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides Marshall subsp. monilifera) and the exotic Russian-olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia L … by J Mayer – 2002 – Barrons Educational Series …
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