Think you’ve got it made in the shade? Here in Florida, shade is a valuable part of our landscapes, but it creates challenges. That’s because plants feed on sunlight and even the most shade-tolerant plants require it to grow and flower. In dense shade, few plants survive for long.
In this video Dr. Craig Huegel introduces you to the complex concept called shade. Learn how shade occurs by degrees and by season, and how sunlight also varies by time of day and year. After the webinar, you will have a basic understanding of how to choose the appropriate native plants and wildflowers for your shady spots, creating a shade-tolerant landscape that will maximize its diversity and ecological function.Dr. Huegel is an ecologist and educator who has been active in the native plant movement in Florida for nearly 35 years. He has written extensively on native plants and wildlife during this period and has published four books with the University Press of Florida, including Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes in 2015. He was the recipient of the Mentor Award in 2020 from the Florida Native Plant Society and his most-recent book, The Nature of Plants: An Introduction to How Plants Work was the recipient of state and national book awards in 2020. He writes two blogs on native plants and operates a small wildflower nursery, Hawthorn Hill, from his home in Pasco County.