Plant Flowers in the Shade
The shady areas around our homes are pleasant but are often bare spots devoid of flowering plants. But there are many perennials, annuals, and shrubs that can brighten up those partially shaded to fully shaded areas near or under trees, or on the north side of the house.
Some shade loving plants offer colorful or variegated foliage to brighten up those dark areas. Others produce lovely flowers. But before you decide to purchase a plant for shade, first define the type of shade in the section of the yard you where want to introduce a new plant.
When planting shade loving plants, remember to improve and enrich the soil with compost, peat, or humus. If planting a new area, dig down 6 - 10 inches and add the compost or other enriching agents, and mix together with existing soil.
Do not dig down or into, or chop tree roots as you can cause permanent damage to the tree.
Below find a list of shade loving flowering plants.
Types of Shade
Moist and Cool Shade on the north side of the house offers an excellent environment for several shade loving plants. Ferns, while not flowering plants, present an attractive show, with their delicate leaves and arching fronds.
Partial Shade means that the area is in the shade for 4 - 5 hours during daylight hours. Many plants that prefer partial shade will do best in morning sun, as the afternoon sun in hot summer months may be too intense.
Light Shade areas are shaded for 2 - 4 hours during daylight hours. Even some sun loving plants can thrive in this type of light, especially in hot regions of the South and in the afternoon.
Filtered Shade is a sun dappled area, under or near a tree that does not provide a thick canopy or have thick foliage.
Full Shade Some spots on the north side of the house, or under or near large trees receive no sun at all.
Dry Shade is often fully shaded areas beneath large trees that do not receive a lot of moisture from rain due to the heavy foliage. But even dry shade loving plants need to be watered thoroughly when first planted in order to establish a healthy root system. Mulch to retain moisture.
Try to keep order placement simple. There are many possibilities for how orders can be placed. Telephone, email, and fax are all good options. A standardized grocery shopping list might be helpful once you establish a large number of customers. Arrange the list according to where items are in the store to make shopping time more efficient.
Fees for Service
Like order placement, there are many different ways to set up a fee structure. If you want to keep things simple, charge a flat rate for each trip. For example, you could advertise a $40 shopping fee, which includes two hours of shopping, delivery, and mileage (cost of groceries not included). The downside to charging this way is that it will not appeal to customers with small orders. No one is going to pay $40 to have $20 worth of groceries delivered.
Arranging your rates according to the size of the grocery order may draw in more customers. For instance, you could charge $20 for grocery orders totaling up to $150, $30 for grocery orders totaling between $150 and $300, and 15% of the total for orders over $300. Once again, these fees could include shopping, delivery, and mileage. Other possibilities include charging separately for mileage, an extra fee for picking up coupons before shopping, or additional fees for shopping at more than one store.
Once your business is soaring, offer referral bonuses and other incentives to keep your customers coming back. Send out a weekly newsletter with outstanding grocery deals for the current week. Include recipes that use items that are on sale. Most of all, remember that one of a kind customer service is the key to a successful personal shopping business.
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