The Q&A Archives: Dry Shade Gardening

Question: Hi. We have a garden in our back yard that is adjacent to a large, wonderful birch tree. However, the roots abound throughout the garden, which is mostly shaded by our tree and our backyard neighborl's. Hence, we can't dig deep to establish good roots. Do you know of a variety of plants that survive well in dry shade? We have a photinia hedge in front of the fence and would like to add some color after it turns mostly green. Thank you for your thoughts.

Answer: Here are a few colorful suggestions for your dry shade garden area: Anemone xhybridum (Japanese Anemone),
Artemisia stellerana (Dusty Miller), Aucuba japonica ,
Begonia evansii, Bergenia (various), Calycanthus occidentalis, Western Spice Bush), Camellia japonica,
Carex tumulicola, Clivia miniata (Bush Lily, Fire Lily),
Coprosma repens, Cyclamen hederifolium, Daphne ordora, Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff), Helleborus, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo), Viola ordorata (Sweet Violet), and Zantedeschia aethiopica
(Calla Lily). Enjoy our new shade garden!

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