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Question: Some people in my neighborhood would like to start a flower garden in the town park. The problem is this...I need flowers that can do well in poor soil with filtered sunlight. Any suggestions? We would like to use as large a variety of perrenials and annuals as possible...
Thank you

Answer: Some easy care perennials for partial shade might include perennial geraniums, ajuga, lamium, foxglove, bleeding heart, tradescantia, heuchera, daylilies, lilies, hostas, Japanese iris, spring flowering bulbs, and the annual fibrous rooted begonias. You will need to experiment and see how things do, as with any partially shaded location.

Unfortunately, there is no substitute for good soil preparation. This includes removing weeds, loosening the soil and adding organic matter. Additional amendments such as lime and fertilizer would also be added as determined by soil tests. After that, planting could be done.

If the shade is caused by trees, there may also be a problem of tree roots to contend with. This might make maintenance of a ground level bed a nightmare, so do check that first off.

Good luck with your project!

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