Perennials forum: flowering perennials for dry shade, zone *chilly* 7

Views: 235, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
Image
kylaluaz
May 27, 2015 8:10 AM CST
I know, right? Green Grin!

Actually it isn't all that dry, nor is it a large area, but I don't want to get something in there and have it fail for having neglected to get some experienced advice first. I hope to get three of something while Bluestone is still having their sale.

The area is about 2 feet by 2.5 feet, under a rose, next to a chain link fence and it is screening the fence that is part of the task here.

It isn't the driest shade; I have another area of dry shade where Japanese anemones have croaked (only one of an original three has survived despite my mama hen behavior) and toad lilies newly planted last year are struggling. One thought was to move all that to this slightly friendlier spot but it would be more fun to buy something new.

I can get a photo if that would help but I'd appreciate any suggestions!

Thank You!
[Last edited by kylaluaz - May 27, 2015 8:11 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #863537 (1)
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
stone
May 27, 2015 8:49 AM CST
Any shade will be improved after a thick layer of mulch has been applied and allowed time to decompose.

Just off the top of my head, you might look at some of the various skullcaps, and maybe spigelia, bloodroot...

How shady is the spot?
There are a number of plants that like shade, but benefit from a bit of light too.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
Image
kylaluaz
May 27, 2015 8:52 AM CST
There has been thick mulch on the area since about this time last year. The area is pretty much full shade but the rose does okay. It gets a little sun at different times of the year but it is in between buildings so, it's hard to assess, really. I'll look at the ones you mention. Height is a consideration also as there is that chain link fence to screen.

Before I realized how shady it is over there most of the time, I tried some hardy ornamental ginger. I moved it to a sunny spot this spring, though, as soon as it emerged.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
NJBob
May 27, 2015 8:07 PM CST

Moderator

Tiarella and Carex Ice Dance both do very well in dry shade in my gardens.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
CarolineScott
May 27, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Phacelia bolanderi is supposed to like dry shade.
The cranesbill type geraniums might work in dry shade.
[Last edited by CarolineScott - May 28, 2015 6:47 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #864131 (5)

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Perennials forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Lilium 'Pink Perfection'"