The Q&A Archives: Xeriscaping in Shade

Question: I want to do some xeriscaping in a shady area, but most of the plants I see require damp soil. We have hot dry weather, even in shady areas. Can you give me some suggestions for plants that would work well in this type of area?

Answer: Colorado State University has listed the following shade plants for xeriscaping in your region:
Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle); Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikinnick); Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia); Brunnera macrophylla (Perennial Forget-me-Not); Calamintha grandiflora (Beautiful Mint); Campanula portenshlagiana (Dalmatian Bellflower); Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff); Heuchera sanguinea (Coralbells); Lamium maculatum (Spotted Dead Nettle); Mahonia repens (Creeping Grape Holly); Philadelphus microphyllus (Littleleaf Mockorange); Rosa glauca (Redleaf Rose); Ptelea trifoliata (Wafer Ash); Ribes Aureum (Golden Currant); Rubus deliciosus (Boulder Raspberry); Sedum spurium (Two-row Stonecrop); Stachys lanata (Lamb's Ear); Symphoricarpos x chenaultii (Chenault Coralberry). Although all are drought tolerant once established, it's important to keep them watered regularly during their first growing season.

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