The Q&A Archives: Plants for Shady Walkway

Question: I have a walk way in the front of my town house that leads to my front door. It is mostly shaded with a little sun in the evening since we are in the middle townhouse. I have anarrow strip of dirt on either side of the wall and would like to plant something with flowers. The area tends to get really hot in summer even though it is shaded. help me !!!

Answer: Some plants for you to consider include:

PEPEROMIA (Peperomia sp.) Grows to 8 inches. Prefers an acid moist soil. Evergreen ground cover with a tropical look. It is brittle and will not tolerate foot traffic Cold tolerant. Grows in full shade.

INLAND SEA OATS (Chasmanthium latifolium) Grows to 3ft. Prefers moist sites. Dried seed heads good in floral decorations.
Grows in full shade.

WILD PLUMBAGO (Plumbago scandens) Grows to maximum 3ft. Hardy coastal ground cover with small white flowers throughout the year. Excellent butterfly attractor. Grows in partial to full shade.

PROSTRATE PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis, sp) Grows to maximum 8 inches.
Evergreen ground cover with small purple flower most of the year. Spreads by seed. Grows in full shade.

SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia ohiensis) Grows to maximum 18 inches. Quickly spreading fast growing evergreen ground cover with either blue or white flowers.
Prefers moist site. Grows in full shade.

FLORIDA VOILET (Viola affinis & Viola primulifolia ) Grows to 6 inches. Prefers moist, acid soil. Spreads quickly by seed. Blue or white flowers in spring. Grows in full shade.

SCORPION TAIL (Heliotropium angiospermum) Grows to 2ft. Prefers wooded site. Good butterfly attractor. Long white terminal flowers. Grows in full shade.

These are all Florida native plants and should adjust well to growing near your walkway. Enjoy!

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