Landscape Design forum: Ideas under deck steps

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tvglaser
Apr 2, 2019 8:24 PM CST
I have an area under the steps leading up to our deck I'm struggling with. I had planted hostas and the deer love them. It's all shade. I don't know if I should plant a small dwarf tree in the center, a water fountain, bushes. It has been sitting empty for 5 years (except for some tall grass at the end) and I can't think of what to do with this. Lots of shade and lots of deer. Thanks for any ideas you might have.

Tom
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pepper23
Apr 3, 2019 2:40 AM CST
Where are you located? It would help to narrow down ideas if we had a location. Nearest big city is good enough if you don't want to narrow down to town. Smiling


tvglaser
Apr 6, 2019 9:21 PM CST
Thanks for responding.....I live in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tom
Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Apr 7, 2019 9:20 AM CST
That helps a lot. Smiling

@jmorth and @McCannon Since you guys live nearby, any ideas?
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McCannon
Apr 7, 2019 12:24 PM CST
We don't grow much of anything in the shade here so I can't offer much in the way of suggestions. @tvglaser There are some shade gardening threads on the site. I'm sure someone can point you in the right direction.
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Bonehead
Apr 7, 2019 12:41 PM CST
Check out your local native plant society web page, they should have good suggestions for shade plants that will tolerate deer browse. Then check for a native plant sale. I have had good luck with a similar planting area (under our deck stairs) using bleeding hearts and heucheras. I don't have deer problems though so can't speak to that piece of the puzzle. Will salal grow for you? Ferns?
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dirtdorphins
Apr 7, 2019 1:13 PM CST
some deer 'resistant' plant possibilities for shade/part shade:
*ferns*
shrubs--Pieris japonica, Daphne, Boxwood, ?Gardenia
other perennials--Amsonia, Anemone, Astilbe, Arisaema triphyllum, Aruncus, Aquilegia, Bergenia, Brunnera, Convallaria, Dicentra, Hakonechloa, Hellebore, Heuchera (some), Lamium, Ligularia, Pulmonaria, Tiarella, Tricyrtis hirta

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jmorth
Apr 8, 2019 2:28 PM CST
Perhaps Columbine.
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tvglaser
Apr 12, 2019 9:03 PM CST
Thanks everyone, I like the idea of ferns and Columbine!

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