Plants that grow in shade - Knowledgebase Question

Katy, Te
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Question by heavens11
September 22, 2010
My mother has ferns in pots on either side of the front door. The pot on the side that only receives ambient sunlight has died; the pot on the side that receives mid-afternoon to late-afternoon sunlight does okay (partial growth). What plants can I place in the pots that will maintain a healthy growth? Or should I go for imitation plants?


Answer from NGA
September 22, 2010
I'm sorry about your ferns! It may not be the amount of sunlight that's killing the plants, but hot dry air. Ferns generally grow in moist, shady forested areas but there are some ferns that will tolerate a few hours of sunshine each day. Instead of ferns, try one of the following native plants:
Hinkley's Columbine (Aguilegia Hinkleyana): exotic yellow flowers, delicate foliage; Texas native; moist organic soil; susceptible to spider mites; shade to part shade; 18 inches.

Blue Shade (Ruellia "squarrosa"): lavender flowers; everblooming; shear occasionally; drought tolerant; sun to shade; 8 inches.

Fall Aster/Michalmas Daisy: Lavender-colored flowers; blooms in fall; shear during summer; drought tolerant; sun or partial shade; 2 feet.

You can also try ginger, iris, or daylilies in your containers.

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