Under my deck is an area that previous owner just covered with flat pebbles.
I am thinking about greening it up. I live in a zone 8-9, Vancouver BC.
The deck faces north and not a lot of light but enough in summer to grow
some lilies near that area.
Any ideas for a good perrineal gorund cover that will live in those
conditions. Not much water will get there, unless I water it. Nothing too
Vinca major will thrive in such conditions, with big purple-blue flowers
& large evergreen leaves. It snakes about in the shadows & will not
leave the underside of a deck if that would mean crossing sunny areas. But
if there is a strip of perpetual shade, it will find it & spread through
the shade. It has an invasive rep but in reality its unwillingness to
cross sunny areas & the ease with which it can be pulled up make it easy
to contain -- it's only invasive when ignored & where it can find its way
from one shady spot to the next via gullies or other shady strips. There
are a couple of fancier cultivars that are more delicate but should still
do fine in "under-the-deck" type locations.
Alternatively Cyclamen hederifolium would be a good choice, as dry shade
is their thing; they bloom autumn & keep their ornate leaves until March.
Can't plant both cyclamens & Vinca major though, as the big vinca would
completely overwhelm the very short cyclamens.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
The ideal plant for these conditions is Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
(aka Euphorbia robbiae, Mrs Robb's Bonnet). It is a stoloniferous evergreen
groundcover that is very happy in dry shade - I have used it many times
under decking and it works great. Gets about a foot tall, increasing to
about 16" when in bloom. Spreads gradually under these conditions but much
faster if given lots of water. Will tolerate extremely low light levels and
pam - gardengal
We have dense dry shade under some spruce trees that grow nearly to the
gound and pachysandra thrives there. We also have some shade tolerant
rhododendron that have survived these conditions. We use junipers and
rhododendron on the edges where there is more light.
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I have gravel under the deck. But most neighbors have something
planted or store stuff there. They are dealing with skunks, possums,
raccoons, snakes, mosquitoes, cats and rodents. The big advantage of
gravel is that I have not had any problems with animals under the
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