I'd like to put shrubs of some kind along the back lot line. Preferably ones
that have berries for the birds. I have mulberry trees back there and I don't
want to cut them down so it is very shady. The only light they might get would
be coming from the north. Do elderberry bushes need much light? Maybe I'm
just out of luck hoping to grow things back there.
Marilyn in central Ohio
At library or bookstore, borrow/buy/order a book called "Complete Shade
Gardener" by George Schenk and Peter Loewer. It's amazing. You'll end up
with more than enough ideas for your situation. Matter of fact, you may end
up replanting the entire yard. :-) Paperback, 17.95 at Barnes & Noble.
Some of the viburnums will grow well in shade, and most have
fruit that birds like. I suggest you keep them in mind when
you ask your local nursery for suggestions.
Beaufort, NC (on the coast in zone 8a)
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The Pacific Red Elderberry grows rapidly & does superbly in shady spots.
They can grow ten or fifteen feet tall in just a couple years if you let
them, but they are also easy to prune to smaller sizes without looking
-paghat the ratgirl
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