If you love gardening, you may have spent those cold winter months gazing at landscape design books, dreaming of warmer days and the chance to implement all your new ideas. Maybe you have planned a vibrant, colorful bed to accent that sunny corner of your home. Or perhaps a calming green and white shade garden under your favorite tree. Finally, sunny days have arrived, and you’re ready to get started!
Adapt Your Garden to Changing Light Conditions
But as you head out to sink that spade into the soil, you may notice there has been a change in your landscape. Maybe a prized tree has lost some branches to winter ice storms, creating a site that is much sunnier than you remembered. Did that gentle afternoon sun of winter transform to something much more intense as the days grew longer? Or maybe a young tree has come into its maturity, creating more dense shade than it had in the past. Changing light conditions throughout the year is something we must take into account, especially when landscape planning is done outside the growing season. But if you find your site no longer suits the requirements of your intended plant materials, don’t panic! Some simple substitutions can ensure you get the look you want, with plants that will thrive in your conditions.