General Discussion:

shade plants

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tracy wong12-May-00 09:48 PM EST   
Carolyn13-May-00 09:56 AM EST   
Diana17-May-00 01:31 PM EST   
Marg17-May-00 01:48 PM EST   
Serena17-May-00 08:28 PM EST   
jdb17-May-00 08:58 PM EST   
Therese18-May-00 02:20 PM EST   
janis24-May-00 03:01 PM EST   
Jennifer24-May-00 05:15 PM EST   
Terry26-May-00 12:48 AM EST   

Subject: shade plants
From: tracy wong
Date: 12-May-00 09:48 PM EST

My front of my house faces the north and the backyard is south - half of the backyard gets full sun and the other half does not. I had a raised flower bed all round but do not know what other plants to grow in the shaded and shady areas. Plants that is colourful in leaves and bear flowers woulld be nice. I already have some hostas and a rhodo plant and two lace hydrangea (growing very slow). What other plants that brings nice colours for spring and summer to fall. Also how do I get rid of the moss (all kinds) on the garden soil due to the shade? Help. Itis so hard to create a "dream garden" when sun is so limited.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Carolyn
Date: 13-May-00 09:56 AM EST

Read 'PLanting under Maple tree', a category already in this forum, for shade-plant suggestions.

Other flowering shade plants include: Astilbe, Ligularia, Bergenia, Foxglove, Acanthus, Aconite and Bugbane(Cimicifuga).

Shade-loving annuals include: Begonias, some Lobelias, Pansies and Violas, Coleus and Impatiens.

--Don't know what advice to offer about moss, except to dig it up.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Diana
Date: 17-May-00 01:31 PM EST

Hi Tracy:

Your garden sounds a lot like mine: I have a shaded south backyard and a shaded North yard, all under oaks. My soil is very sandy and dry. But the deep-rooted oaks do allow for many plantings. I've been experimenting for 3 seasons and the only sure-fire plants are hostas. I've tried to add colour interest by getting very light coloured hostas (lime green) and planting next to dark-leaved varieties. A very pretty plant I'm trying this year is Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder) with lovely variegated leaves and blue flowers. Vinca minor (the ground cover) looks lovely now with its blue flowers. Yet to flower, but apparently healthy, are my trilliums and Virginia bluebells. I found that my garden is too shady even for impatiens or lobelia. But fuschias have done well in pots, as has coleus. Ferns and astilbes don't like my dry conditions much. To add interest to my pots, I put in annual German ivy, which grows spectactularly and trails to the ground. Early in the year, pansies, daffodils, narcissus and scilla do very well. Good luck.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Marg
Date: 17-May-00 01:48 PM EST

Have you thought about lamium? I have one that has silvery coloured leaves and pink flowers. I also plant violas, ferns, solomens seal and for-get-me-nots in the shade.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Serena
Date: 17-May-00 08:28 PM EST

About the moss- lime, lime, lime. Moss grows in acidity and lime will neutralize. Double check your drainage in the area as moss trives in wet.Good luck.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: jdb
Date: 17-May-00 08:58 PM EST

Most people want to keep moss, but to get rid of it, do exactly what Serena suggested: Lime, Lime, Lime.

For Plants, the best shade plant is a ligularia, - mine grows in complete shade and blooms are amazing.

Good luck, but take another look at the moss, it can be beautiful.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Therese
Date: 18-May-00 02:20 PM EST

There are many very good books you can find to answer your question about shade plants Some plants not mentioned here yet are ferns and other native wildflowers, like Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Merrybells, and Bloodroot. If you go for the natives though, PLEASE check the sources VERY carefully, and only get cultivated plants, not wild-collected. As for the moss, please reconsider it - it is telling you something: if you kill it, what else is going to grow there? Moss is very site specific, the lime you may add will only 'fix' the problem temporarily, and you may end-up with a black hole, or erosion.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: janis
Date: 24-May-00 03:01 PM EST

I have moss growing between my patio stone and it looks great. It rains a lot here and gets very hot in the summer. I have some planters with moss growing in them and to my surprise there is johnny jump-ups growing in masses among the moss. It looks quite beautiful. They must have been volunteers from plants in my pansie bed.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Jennifer
Date: 24-May-00 05:15 PM EST

You could also try Lily-of-the-Valley, they spread nicely, and smell heavenly and do really well in heavy shade.

Subject: RE: shade plants
From: Terry
Date: 26-May-00 12:48 AM EST

I also have lots of deep shade garden beds under cedar trees and in the forest pockets surroundin our home. I highly recommend Sweet Woodruff - an exquisite ground cover that has tiny white aromatic flowers and a divine scent. It spreads fast, but is easy to curb. We also have great luck with bergamot - fabulous in the summer with its scarlet flowers and attraction to hummingbirds. Sweet cicely is another May/June plant that grows wonderfully in the shade. We also grow seas of lamium - beautiful all spring till fall with its variegated greeen and white foliage as well as the charming yellow flowers in the early summer. Finally, I recommend native bleeding heart - the red especially - as well as pachysandra.

We have deep deep shade and our shade gardens are favourite parts of our garden. The weeds grow more slowly too....

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