Creating Shade in Your Landscape

On hot sunny days, it is essential to have shade in your garden to provide you with a comfortable place to relax, play, or entertain. Other benefits of outdoor shade include: improving your home’s cooling efficiency and improving the soil’s moisture retention by reducing evaporation. Here are some ways to incorporate shade into a sunny back yard.


Trees with large and dense canopies can provide ample shade during the summer. If less shade is desired during the winter, plant a deciduous tree. They will lose their leaves during the winter, allowing more sunlight to stream through. Place trees southwest of the areas you need shade to block the afternoon sun from your backyard garden.

Patio Covers

Patio covers come in many varieties. Some include: solid (an extension of the house), lattice, or fabric. Patio covers are especially useful for creating shade near the house. This will create a cool atmosphere for lounging or outdoor entertaining.

Garden Arbors, Pergolas, Outdoor Gazebos

These free-standing structures can be placed anywhere in the garden and can be made from a variety of materials. Attaching vines to the structures adds greenery, blocks more sun, and still allows for a breeze to come through.


Patio umbrellas come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Umbrellas are often used around swimming pools and lounging areas. They provide a pop of color and are easily moved to different parts of the garden.

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