Transitioning from Sun to Shade in a Formal Garden Trumbull, CT

When designing new landscapes, I often struggle with the area directly below trees.  Often times, at Designing Eden llc, we are installing trees at 2-4″ caliper and 10-18′ tall.  At some point, that tree will grow in height and cast a decent shadow on the ground.  The problem is the shade these same trees provide is minimal at the time of installation.  So what do you do?  Do you install sun loving plants and replace them with shade plants down the road?  Do you plant shade plants and let them struggle for a couple of years until the tree starts to provide more shade?  I often search the globe for plants which will do well in either condition, both sun and shade.  One of my plants of choice is Hakonechloa.  Recently these plants haven’t been coming through the winter as strong as previous years.  The search goes on for other plants to add to my list.

Hakonechloa in foreground
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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.

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