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readysteadysell
May 21, 2020 2:15 AM CST
A part of my garden is covered in shade, is there anything I can do with the space?
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 21, 2020 3:31 AM CST
Welcome! yes, you can! There are a lot of picks for shade. Astilbe, solomans seal, hostas, sweet woodruff, impatiens, lily of the valley, certain begonias, certain caladiums, and coral bells are all great plants for shade. Some of these have beautiful foliage, such as coral bell, begonias and hostas.
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
May 21, 2020 3:59 AM CST
Welcome!
Don't forget fern. Also, a shady spot is a good place for a birdbath or small water feature.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 21, 2020 7:19 AM CST
Thanks, Rick! The basic plant of all shade gardens! Sure slipped my mind. Whistling That's a beautiful hosta as your avatar. I can see from your badges you do shade gardening.
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
May 21, 2020 7:59 AM CST
Thanks Lynda. If I recall, it's called Paradise Island.

I don't have much choice but shade garden. Most of my property is wooded by century-plus oaks, so there aren't many sunny locations.

Something about a water feature would be to attract more wildlife. Birds definitely enjoy a shady spot with water. Also, if you have anything like frogs in the area, a small pond/fountain with fern would be very attractive.
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