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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Mar 26, 2017 9:27 PM CST
This past year, my yard lost quite a few of the shade trees. The location that I placed many of my plants is no longer suited due to extreme sun conditions.

I have many bromeliads that need some protection and have been reading about shade houses for "sun tender" plants.

Does anyone here have a shade house? I know they are more common in Australia but think it would work for me.

I'd love to hear your ideas and/or see your photos. Thank You!
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Mar 27, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I do not have one but have seen them at a couple of garden centers. They do take the cloth down for the Winter so I do not know how they handle getting snow on them.
Name: Dick Strever
No.Calif amongst the Redwoods (Zone 8b)
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Strever
Mar 27, 2017 5:54 PM CST
i have a neighbor that cut all the Pine & Redwoods off his property (worth $$$)
and has a large shade house with 4x8 redwood trellis you buy from the hardware store on the roof and half way down each east & west side
here is a fancy one on the web
http://www.coastal-lumber.com/...
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Mar 27, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Thank you Bob. At least snow is a rare worry in my part of the world. This early & intense heat is another story.

Dick, I appreciate the link and the idea. It sounds like your neighbors' shade house is attractive. Thank you.

I suppose shade houses aren't too common in the US but that's what I get for having a passion for some shade loving plants.
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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Apr 1, 2017 1:44 PM CST
What about building a pergola over them?
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Apr 1, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Connie ~ I thought of something like that when I saw the home page on this site this a.m. The photo of the hardy Kiwi vine looks like it would provide a delightful but shady environment. Thanks for that idea! Thank You!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover Butterflies Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers cold winters Daylilies Plays in the sandbox
Dragonflies Ferns Region: Canadian Peonies Bookworm Clematis
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conniepr27
Apr 1, 2017 5:04 PM CST
You're welcome. Costco has pre-made ones, if you're not into making one from scratch. I also googled it and saw lots of beautiful ones here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/...
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
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pod
Apr 9, 2017 4:32 PM CST
I decided to move a couple of old plant racks out of the greenhouse and cover them with shade cloth. I got the racks positioned this weekend and am now shopping for shade cloth. From the reading I've done, probably 60% UV protection. Then come wintertime I can cover it with a plastic and use it to overwinter some of more hardy plants if needed.

I appreciate y'all for sharing your input. It got my mind to working. Thank You!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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