Flowers for North Facing Garden
Contrary to popular belief, a north facing garden can accommodate a wide variety of plants, including flowering plants. However, it is essential to choose semi-shade plants and protect them from stagnant water and winter cold.
Discover in this article how to bloom a north facing garden.
1. Ensure excellent drainage of the pots
On a north facing garden, because of the coolness, the water tends to stagnate. Therefore, creating a harmful situation for the roots of plants.
To avoid this phenomenon:
- Improve drainage by increasing the thickness of clay, rocks or gravel balls at the bottom soil or pots and planters.
- Also, Lighten the substrate by adding river sand.
- Avoid using water storage tanks.
2. Choose your plants
In the choice of plants, take particular account of the lack of sun:
- Pay attention to the pictogram labels and choose shade plants (black circle) or half-shade (black semicircle) to bloom your flowers in north facing garden.
- Among these plants, make a significant place for heather plants, which appreciate the shade (hydrangeas, pieris, azaleas, rhododendrons, heather …).
3. Create a beautiful color palette
Bet on a green background
In the shade, the greens are lush. Grow for example:
- Of ferns (Athyrium filix Femina, the beautiful bright green foliage).
- Of bamboo, to bring a verticality your balcony scenes.
- Some hostas, such as light Albomarginata Hosta foliage edged with white.
Use white flowers, which capture the light
A large number of white flowers like in the shade, choose for example:
- Spectacular hydrangeas b launched s (Annabelle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata Tardiva …).
- White astilbes with large feathery plumes, which grow very well in a large pot.
- Immaculate spring-blooming shrubs ( Deutzia primroses. ).
- Possibly a white rosebush Iceberg, one of the few to endure an exposure in the shade.
Light up with brightly colored flowers
- In winter, grow hellebores (some of which have an intense purple color), dark pink or red winter heather.
- In the spring, bet on rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, and also on small red saxifrages and brightly colored primroses .
- Once it’s summer, illuminate the greens of your balcony with the bright pink of impatiens and fuchsias.
Think of colorful foliage
To multiply the colors, think also:
- In heucheras red brick foliage, purple, chocolate or silver gray.
- With Japanese maple, with orange-red foliage in autumn.
- In nandina, a shrub whose evergreen foliage changes color throughout the year, becoming bronze or red in winter (Nandina Harbor Dwarf).
- At Pieris Forest Flame, with brightly colored young shoots.
Optionally play on the color of pots and furniture
Large touches of vanilla yellow bring to a north facing garden the brightness that may be missing. Also, do not hesitate to paint your terracotta pots and planters in this color. This matches the color of the terrace furniture and trellises if you wish.
4. Compensate a restricted color palette with shape contrasts
Another way to compensate for a restricted color palette is to play with shapes and proportions. For example, place around boxwood or hosta with rounded leaves next to tall bamboo, and so on.
5. Avoid powdery mildew
Shade-grown plants are particularly prone to powdery mildew, which can be recognized by the white foliage appearing on the leaves.
To limit this risk:
- Water your garden in the morning rather than in the evening, so that the excess humidity has time to evaporate.
- Sprinkle the plant food, mainly avoiding wetting the foliage.
6. Protect your plants from winter
North facing gardens are colder in winter than south-facing, especially when exposed to the wind. So be sure to protect your plants in the wrong season.
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Published on November 15th, 2018
Updated on March 14th, 2020