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May 15, 2020 8:39 PM CST
San Jose, Ca.
Hello there,
We have three spots in front of our house. They are approx. 2 x 4 feet each. They're between the sidewalk and street so will be walked upon sometimes, and they are right under two big trees so get very little sunlight. I would love something with flowers. Any advice on what I can plant there that would have a good chance of being healthy and happy in these conditions?
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May 15, 2020 11:05 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
I dont think there is such a thing as a flower that can be walked on...
Hosta are very reliable shade performers, and tend to come up very early, so as long as your neighbors arent deliberately tools they sould do fine.. then you can plant coleus, impatiens and begonias (fiberous type in greenhouse 4 packs, not tuberous kind.) around the edges to give you some color
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May 15, 2020 11:08 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Oh wait.. just realized your CA and Im not familiar with San Jose... I may have just given very bad advice if you also have limited water and high temps..
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May 16, 2020 2:21 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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There are decorative rhymes that are water wise plants and can be stepped on. They do have some blooms. I'm not sure how much sun they need, but you could check on it. For an area that is walked on on a regular basis, there are very few flowers that you could plant that would tolerate the damage. Hostas leaves would be severely damaged by foot traffic. Flowers that bloom in the shade are not typically showy.
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May 16, 2020 6:39 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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"thymes" that can be walked on..
Worry, why do I let myself worry?
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May 16, 2020 7:07 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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May 16, 2020 7:23 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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I sympathize- My typing especially on the phone is awful, and plant names often do not come up in autocorrect!
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May 16, 2020 7:33 AM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
Ah, Sally. I've had my rhymes stepped on many times.
People don't laugh at my jokes sometimes either.
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May 17, 2020 6:03 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Yes, you definitely can't walk on hosta, I was just thinking they grow tall enough fast enough that people will notice them and walk around...

My neighborhood just donated about 200 plants of different types to plant around The base of trees as we try to reclaim some woods on the county owned side of the street. The city came around May 1st and mowed them down to the ground, but every one is growing back strong. We've since put down landscape borders and mulch rings...
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May 17, 2020 7:52 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Creeping thyme, also known commonly as 'Mother of Thyme,' needs at least partial sunlight. Is the area at least bright . If full shade I do not think they would work.
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