Shade gardening remains one of the consumer’s biggest issues. It is difficult to gauge how much shade an area receives, and so much depends on the quality of light falling into the area each day. The best advice is to ask what “What does do well in the area?” and then try to match with other plants with the same light requirement. Also ask about watering since many consumers aren’t aware that shade plants need water just as much as plants in the sun since they are battling tree roots for their moisture. For this same reason make sure to suggest a regular fertilizing program to help with all that tree root competition.
For more ideas, see our article Alternatives for Shade Gardens