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plants for dry shade?

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Ailsa16-Apr-04 09:52 PM EST 5b   
Nancy19-Apr-04 02:28 PM EST 5   
searose20-Apr-04 09:21 AM EST 5b   
Ailsa20-Apr-04 09:15 PM EST   
Ann 27-Apr-04 04:36 PM EST 5b   
Nancy30-Apr-04 08:27 PM EST 5   
barnswallow01-May-04 07:26 AM EST 8   
Ocean08-May-04 08:27 AM EST 8   

Subject: plants for dry shade?
From: Ailsa
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Apr-04 09:52 PM EST

looking for suggestions for perennials in dry shade, near pines, with as much colour as possible.

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 19-Apr-04 02:28 PM EST

The three I'd recommend the most are:

Gerranium macrorhizzium (sp?), which blooms in spring with flowers that range from white, thru pale pink to magenta. The leaves get a nice red tinge in the fall.

The second is Corydalis lutea, which blooms with small yellow tubular flowers from May to October. C. ochroleucra is the white form of the same.

Lastly, try some Lamiums. Their brightly variegated leaves light up the gloomy corners quite nicely. Flowers are various shades of purple to pink to white.

Each will spread quite nicely to fill a fair bit of space, but not obnoxiously.

Avoid gout weed like the plague!!!

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: searose
Zone: 5b
Date: 20-Apr-04 09:21 AM EST

i grow myrtle(vinca vine) lamium , ivy, ferns, pulmonaria , lily of the valley, and lots of perennial geraniums inmy very dry ravine garden. these all do very well and look after themselves and spread well.

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: Ailsa
Date: 20-Apr-04 09:15 PM EST

Thanks've been very helpful.

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: Ann
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Apr-04 04:36 PM EST

NANCY:- Do you have to baby your Corydalis at all? I have been tempted to try them in my woodland garden.

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Apr-04 08:27 PM EST

Baby my Corydalis???

Hardly ..... if anything its a matter of keeping the hundreds of seedlings from taking over the entire area. That's what I like about it, it spreads by seed quite prolifically, but you can yank the seedlings out easily and by the handful. Granted, the individual plants tend to be relatively short lived, but there's always plenty of babies to fill the gaps. I wouldn't call it invasive by any stretch, but I wouldn't likely use it in a native garden-type setting. It's a good little gap filler, and path edge softener, with its ferny greeny-blue foliage.

Go for it, Ann!

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: barnswallow
Zone: 8
Date: 01-May-04 07:26 AM EST

I'm still trying to find the perfect shrubs for foundation planting in dry shade. The cranesbills, foxgloves, barberry, lady's mantle and coral bells are all thriving, but I'm hoping for something evergreen. Would a Mexican orange bush work? We're in deer country so I've structured my plantings to try and avoid them.

Subject: RE: plants for dry shade?
From: Ocean
Zone: 8
Date: 08-May-04 08:27 AM EST

snow on the mountain is a lovely groundcover... and I am very pleased with a bleeding heart I put in last year. It is twice as big this year and so lovely. Looks like tiny hot pink valentines along an arching stem... lovely lacy leaves. Now this is not the wild bleeding heart but one from the garden centre. Also all the primroses seem to be doing the dry shade.

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