The Q&A Archives: shade loving plants for central fl

Question: Have privacy fence - need plants in front of legustrum tree hedge grow'g under 4' tall - gets about 2 hrs p.m. sun only

Answer: You might consider Aglaonema, a small, herbaceous perennial with fleshy stems, branching from the base, and slender-stalked leaves up to about 12 in long. Flowering stems have narrow, pale green spathe enclosing small white spadix; White begonia, with huge, round, dark glossy green leaves to 2? wide and large white, fragrant flowers held in large panicles well above foliage; Spiral ginger, with attractive roundish jade green leaves with fuzzy underside, and long, hard, waxy 8" to 12" red bracts with small, yellow flowers that peek out as bracts open from bottom up. Long lasting flower; excellent cut flower; African iris, fortnight lily, Drought tolerant perennial, though extra water needed when in bloom. Easy to grow. Attractive white flowers with blue and brown shading appear in spring. Forms spreading clumps. Also available with yellow flowers; or Shrimp plant, a perennial or shrub with stems topped with 6? spikes of red, rusty brown, yellow, or green brachts containing small, white, shrimp-like flowers. Unique, adaptable, easily grown plant.

Best wishes with your garden!

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