Ready to create a shade?It’s a plus for gardeners in the Kansas City area in the summer

In summer, shade is welcomed on warm, humid days in Kansas City. Gardeners need to accept shaded gardening as a rest from the relentless and hot sun. When considering a shaded garden, there are some points to keep in mind to get the most out of your plants.

Know your shade

Not all shades are created the same. The degree of sunlight varies from place to place. Shade levels range from light shades that are exposed to at least 3 hours of sunlight to dark shades that are not exposed to direct sunlight.

The most common reason for shade is a mature canopy. There is a light shade on the edge of the canopy, and a dark shade is closer to the trunk.

Keep in mind that not all trees cast the same amount of shade. To better understand your condition, look at the area all day and record the amount of sunlight received.

As the amount of light decreases, so does the range of plants that tolerate the condition. Plants that receive bright or partial shade tend to contain more plants with flowers. Flowering requires more sunlight and plant energy to produce flowering.

Flowering tends to decrease as the shade time increases. The dark shaded garden is intriguing by changing the color and texture of the leaves.

Learning shade patterns and which plants tolerate shade can be a trial and error process. Gardeners love pushing plants to the limit. Try your plants, and if they are struggling to thrive because of too much shade, move them to a more sunny place in the landscape. If the plants are burned by the strong rays of the sun, move to a cool place in the shade of the garden.

Protect your tree

Large and beautiful trees are wonderful and need to be protected as they are the largest asset in the landscape. When the grass does not grow, the shaded garden works and the soil becomes bare. The solution is a shaded garden.

Trees are very competitive with moisture, resulting in dry soil. Many shade-loving plants even best moisturize, so a consistent approach to watering will greatly increase your plant palette. Without supplementary water, it is difficult to maintain a diverse shaded garden.

Root competition can be a challenge. Not all root systems are created the same, as in the shade. For example, maple has a very fine fibrous root system, which makes it difficult to dig holes for planting. Cutting or removing roots puts stress on the tree and shortens its lifespan.

Don’t be tempted to add soil under the trees to plant a shaded garden. Adding even a few inches of soil fills the roots, eliminates oxygen, and leads to tree decline.

Do not add soil around the trunk. Adding a small planting ring can also cause the bark to rot and kill the tree. It is best to work with existing grades while developing a shaded garden.

Visit the exquisite shaded garden

Gardeners enjoy learning from each other. The Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners Garden Tour, scheduled for May 21st and 22nd, features a beautiful shaded garden quietly nestled in Lehwood.

By purchasing a $ 20 ticket, you can see how they embraced the shade with various combinations of plants and created a beautiful backyard.Tour information can be found at Or 913-715-7000.

Dennis Patton is a horticultural agent at Kansas State University Research and Extension. Do you have questions for him or other university extension professionals? Email them to [email protected]