Shade garden - Knowledgebase Question

Calabasas, CA
Question by e1hlywd
January 20, 2006
I have a narrow rectangular garden area (3'wide x 8'long) between a large picture window and a blank wall. Ultimately, I'd like to have a nice space to look at from the window.
This area gets little to no sun, and can get fairly dry in the summer months. What types of flowering plants, shrubs and vines can you recommend for this kind of area?

Thank You!


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Answer from NGA
January 20, 2006

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Following is a list of plants that should perform well in dry shade. These are plants that can tolerate the dim, dry conditions under tall trees or hedges or under the eaves next to north-facing walls, or that can compete effectively with tree roots.

Before planting in dry shade, try to improve your soil's water-holding capacity by adding organic matter such as compost, leaf mold, manure, coconut coir, etc. Don't expect to achieve fantastic lushness; most of the plants will tolerate, not necessarily thrive, in dry shade and will probably flower and fruit more sparingly.

Bulbs:

Amaryllis belladonna
Convallaria majalis
Cyclamen hederifolium
Freesia
Iris japonica
Lapeirousia
Narcissus
Scilla

Ferns:

Dryopteris
Polypodium
Polystichum munitum

Groundcovers:

Aegopodium podograria
Bergenia crassifolia
Cerastium tomentosum
Erigeron karvinskianus
Hedera helix
Hypericum calycinum
Pachysandra terminalis
Rubus calycinoides
Stachys byzantina
Vinca major
Vinca minor
Viola labradorica
Viola odorata

Perennials:

Aeonium
Agapanthus orientalis
Aloe
Alstroemeria ligtu
A. pulchella
A. aurantiaca
Anaphalis
Anemone x hybrida
Arum italicum
Aspidistra elatior
Campanula latifolia
Campanula primulifolia
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Chrysanthemum ptarmicifolium
Corydalis lutea
Dierama
Dietes vegeta
Digitalis purpurea
Epimedium
Eucomis
Euphorbia cyparissias
E. robbiae
E. epithymoides
E. perralderianum
E. pinnatum colchicum
E. x warleyense
Festuca ovina glauca
Francoa ramosa
F. sonchifolia
Galium odoratum
Gasteria
Geranium macrorrhizum
G. palmatum
Helichrysum petiolatum
H. 'Limelight'
Helleborus argutifolius
H. foetidus
H. orientalis
Hemerocallis
Heuchera maxima
Iris foetidissima
Kniphofia
Libertia formosa
Limonium perezii
Liriope spicata
Mimulus (Diplacus) hybrids
Modiolastrum lateritum
Origanum dictamnus
Oxalis oregana
Polygonatum commutatum
Polygonum capitatum
Sedum spathulifolium
Sedum spectabile
Sedum spurium
Tiarella
Tolmeia menziesii
Tulbaghia violacea
Vancouveria hexandra
Vancouveria planipetala
Zauschneria californica

Shrubs:

Abutilon megapotamicum
A. hybridum
Amelanchier alnifolia
Arctostaphylos bakeri 'Louis Edmunds'
Arctostaphylos nummularia
Aucuba japonica
Berberis darwinii
Berberis thunbergii
Budddleia davidii
Buxus
Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Cercis occidentalis
Chaenomeles
Correa 'Dusky Bells'
Correa reflexa
Corylus
Cotinus coggygria
Cotoneaster
Daphne odora
Dendromecon harfordii
Elaeagnus
Escallonia
Euonymus fortunei
Forsythia x intermedia
Garrya elliptica
Hibbertia cuneiformis
Hibbertia dentata
Ilex aquifolium
Ilex cornuta
Ilex vomitoria
Iochroma cyaneum
Kerria japonica
Ligustrum japonicum
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia pinnata
Myrica californica
Myrtus communis
Nandina domestica
Olearia insignis
Philadelphus virginalis
Phyllostachys aurea
Protea cynaroides
Prunus ilicifolia
Rhamnus alaternus
Rhaphiolepis indica
Ribes viburnifolium
Ruscus aculeatus
Ruscus hypoglossum
Sarcococca ruscifolia
Symphoricarpus albus laevigatus
Symphoricarpus orbiculatus
Vaccinium ovatum
Xylosma congestum

Vines:

Hardenbergia comptoniana
Hedera helix
Lonicera japonica
Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Best wishes with your new shade garden!


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