Shade is “The Dark” in a forest garden.
Forest Gardeners work with varying degrees of shade as the sun moves across the sky each day, animating shadows as they dance across our gardens from dawn until last light.
As the hardwood trees and shrubs leaf out and begin to grow, areas illuminated by the sun all winter and into early spring disappear into cave like darkness.
Grottos appear in deep shadow cast by surrounding trees.
So we light up the darkness with variegated shade loving plants which enjoy the moist, cool, shadows.
We celebrate the contrast of light and shadow with brightly patterned, foliage, but few flowers.
Bits of chartreuse, creamy white, pink and silvery grey reflect what little light may be; illuminating our shade gardens and “glowing in the summer ‘s darkness.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
With appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her