Minimum light - Knowledgebase Question

Williamsburg, VA
Question by beachybride
June 30, 2007
I have a patio that gets little to no sunlight, but I really want to put some life on it. What plants or flowers, if any, can survive with minimum sun exposure?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2007

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Following is a list of plants that should perform well in your shady patio. These are plants that can tolerate the dim, dry conditions under tall trees or hedges or under the eaves next to north-facing walls, so they should be perfect for your patio.

Bulbs: Amaryllis belladonna, Convallaria majalis, Cyclamen hederifolium, Freesia, Iris japonica, Lapeirousia, Narcissus, Scilla. Ferns: Dryopteris, Polypodium, Polystichum munitum.

Trailing plants: 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, and Zauschneria californica.

Best wishes with your new patio garden!

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