Living in Winnipeg seems to make it a bit hard to choose hardy flowers and plants that won’t die off over the winter. Coupling that with the fact that our deck faces east and is shaded by a large tree, it doesn’t get much sunlight during the majority of the day, which makes it hard to pick out colourful things with which to fill our planters.
We’re planning on expanding the deck around the corner of our house this summer. It’s still not a tremendously large area, so the cost should be fairly minimal, but I’m trying to plan now how to best utilize the L-shaped space available. I currently have a 6 piece patio set which is fine for eating, and a BBQ, but I’d love to have a more casual sitting area.
Has anyone built a smaller deck before? If so, do you have any tips or anything I should look out for? If not, what do you look for in a deck/patio? And if you have any ideas for plants that grow in a shady Zone 3, I’d love to hear them.