All shade is not equal. Some shady conditions will yield much more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.

You don’t have to sacrifice ground plants for the sake of your trees. If you have a lot of medium and large trees on your lawn, there are still plenty of ways to add color to shady areas of your landscaping. Each one of the following recommendations are great for Midwestern lawns.