We are planning a garden beneath a cedar tree that stands beside our
garage--largely because we have given up, after a few years, of trying
to keep the grass looking good (two dogs don't help much, but it's the
cedar that seems to be the culprit). The area, because of the cedar and
a number of other trees, is in the shade most of the day.
In looking through previous postings, but none very recent, some
suggestions have been hostas, major and minor vinca, English ivy
(probably won't use), and spurge. We are also planning on moving a
pond from another part of the yard to this garden so we can better
Any suggestions on water plants and plants for the soil would be
greatly appreciated. Perennials rather than annuals are preferred. We
are in Spokane, WA, about 2000 feet above sea level, 14 or so inches of
rain a year, and fairly cold winters with a good bit of snow normally.
It seems we are in zone 6, with winter lows hitting 0F give or take a
We have lots of ferns in the yard. Would these do well? I don't know
their type. Anyway, Thanks.