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Beach Pebbles - Shaded Backyard Scaled
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Shade is generally a good thing in a backyard, especially in the summer, when it’s hot and humid outside. However, shade can also be a problem if you’re trying to create a beautiful landscape in areas lacking regular sunlight. Fortunately, there are some creative ways to address this concern. We offer several suggestions below.

Use Plants that Don’t Need Much Sunlight

All plants need sunlight to some extent, although some can get by with less natural light than others. Take a trip to your local garden center to see what’s available locally and seasonally. Plants that do well in the shade include: 

  • Shrubs that return annually
  • Common bleeding hearts, Dutchman’s breeches, and similar perennials that don’t need a lot of sunlight
  • Impatiens and other annuals that are colorful but don’t require too much light
  • Ground cover plants such as spotted deadnettle

Use Landscaping Stones to Create a Decorative Rock Garden

Landscaping stones obviously don’t need sunlight, so they tend to work really well in shaded areas of a backyard. One possibility is to make a decorative rock garden, which can be done with a mix of colorful beach pebbles and similar smaller decorative rocks or stones, such as green jade or snow-white pebbles. You can also mix and match colors, patterns, textures, and sizes.

Mix Living Elements with Landscaping Stones

Another way to get more use out of shaded areas in your backyard is to mix the plants mentioned earlier with landscaping stones. This way, you’re getting the best of both options. You’ll also be able to create better drainage by using the areas around the landscaping stones to direct runoff in a more efficient manner.

Replace Grass in Shaded Areas with Landscaping Stones

It’s not unusual for grass to fail to grow well in shade, which often leaves you with unappealing brown patches. One way to nip this problem in the bud is to use landscaping stones. What you’re doing here is replacing grass with an assortment of decorative rocks, such as gold pebbles or polished black river rock

It can take a few weeks to completely smother the existing grass. A good time to do this is in the fall, when you won’t have to worry as much about other yard care tasks so you can focus more on preparing the area where you’ll be placing landscaping stones. You can also do this in other areas that are difficult to mow or maintain.

Create a Seating Area

If it’s in your budget, another option to consider in areas where you have issues with shade is to create a functional space. For example, you can create a seating area with tables and chairs mixed in with a few of the landscaping options already mentioned.

Consider Waterfalls & Other Features

You may also want to consider features that don’t require light to work well in shaded areas, such as fountains and waterfalls. Garden sheds can also be put in shaded areas. This way, you’ll have extra storage space, too. Sheds can also be used for workspaces. 

No matter what type of issues you have in your landscape, you can enhance its character and beauty with a variety of stones. For advice on designing your landscape with decorative rocks and beach pebbles, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rocks Stones & Pebbles, a premier landscape rock and supply superstore. We specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping materials, including a variety of colored pebbles and river rocks. To learn how we can help you enhance the look of your lawn, call us today at (866) 380-0770.

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