Make a Shady Rock Garden
Transform a dull, shady corner into a pretty rockery. Many shade-loving plants, such as ferns, ivies and violas, love the cool, moist, well-drained conditions.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Plant and Mulch
Plant in the pockets between the stones, then water well. Mulch with composted bark to help keep moisture sealed in and to suppress weeds. Water regularly for the first year.
Plant Versatile Ferns
Ferns are a wonderful choice for shady areas. They will grow in the tiniest of dank crevices, as long as they have enough moisture and a glimmer of light. Sunken pits echo the way ferns sometimes lodge themselves in subterranean drains and peer up from the gloom. You can also try growing them under a bench, where little else will thrive.
Plant Around Mesh-Covered Troughs
Ferns are ideal for these mesh-covered troughs, which were designed as a green car-parking bay.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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