The Q&A Archives: shade plants

Question: We have alot of big oak trees on our property which causes use to have alot of shadey areas with no grass. We would like to add several islands around the trees. Can you please offer some suggestions on what we can plant that would grow well in the shade. We are looking for shrubs or plants with some color. We know impatients do well, but what else? Thank You

Answer: Lori,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

I like to use Aztec grass which looks like white liriope to brighten up shade. It can line a bed edge or be used in mass planting if you like. Chicken gizzard is a dark red foliage plant for shade, Persian shield is silvery purple if there is decent light getting through the shade, Japanese painted fern adds a silvery touch with its attractive foliage, caladiums are a good annual choice, and various gingers could also work very well in those beds.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening year in 2007. Please stop in again soon!

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