Formal Gardening in the Shade
live oak trees (Quercus agrifolia). Formal plantings of shade-loving species create swaths of color throughout the year. These beds invite your eyes to curve along the path, showing how native plants can beautify a formal garden setting. Although they have a reputation for ruggedness, many species of California’s native plants actually favor these sheltered habitats. In the wild, oak woodlands have dense understories featuring many of the plants found in the Wooded Dell.