I need to know, because all year I've had a garden bed I made between a
few trees in my yard. And nothing will grow. I didn't realize how
important the sun actually is. But is there anything I can grow in my
There are a quite few plants that will live in the shade, some will have
reduced flowering or may grow very slowly. But you may still need some
more info to begin searching for candidates; water, temp zone, soil pH
as well as telling us if you want bushes, groundcover, vines, flowers,
foliage, and if you willing to plant in ground or move pots indoors for
the winter, etc. I have quite a bit of shade and have some plants doing
well, others I had poor luck with.
Shade and even deep shade can be an ab fab asset in which you can grow a
plethora of plants. Is this a dry area -is it on a slope. ? If you can give
a bit more information about the land then I am certain you will get
Clivia (bulb-like with striking bright orange flowers) is strictly a
shade plant. Camelia japonica is a flowering shrub for the shade; other
camelias will tolerate shade very well. Most azaleas do best with
shade, but many will tolerate a slight amount of sun. Wax-leaf begonias
do very well in the shade.
Of course, since you didn't indicate in what climate zone or
geographical area you are, it's possible none of these are suitable.
Since many newsgroup servers limit cross-posting, followups set to
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
I love my firespike, tropical looking all summer - then cool red blooms!
Dies down with the freeze but comes back in spring.
Also, consider having the trees thinned and the crowns raised. It helped
my back yard a LOT.
I don't know this plant very well, Odontonema didn't growing in yards
in Poland, maybe cause for he's small popularity? In Central Europe to
shade we recomend Hosta and Bergenia plants. They are evergreen so you
can enjoy this perrenial plants even when winter comes:) You wrote that
you wan't to plant some trees. Maybe good is Salix? This is a popular
inoculate on bole tree in Europe. Look for some fotos on google of
Salix caprea variety 'Kilmarnock' or 'Weeping Sally'. Sorry first: for
my English but I'm still learning this language and second: for this
latin names but I don't know how to say in english this species. This
is good opportunity to train:)
Post Scriptum I don't understand what do you mean with this changing
.not to .net?
Best regards, Ralf.
More likely because it cannot take long, cold, dark winters. (It is one of
many attractive plants I can't grow where I live.)
I admire you for learning English. You do it well enough to communicate.
It would be much better if we all used the Latin names. English common
names are not always the same from one area to another and can be
The person making that post has altered his e-mail address to protect
him from spamming. Those are instructions for correcting the address.
I have similar instructions in my signature.
I have Corydalis lutea, Geranium macrorrhizum, Polygonatum odoratum
'varigatum', various Hosta, and Epidmedium growing well in my very
shadiest areas. Also Uvularia grandiflora and Hepatica acutiloba, two
native Michigan plants.
The Corydalis is the longest blooming plant in my garden
every year, with flowers from early May through October always. This
year I had one plant still flowering on the first day of December!
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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