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Mar 28, 2017 6:25 PM CST
I have a fairly large dry, barren patch in our back yard. It is under a large old elm tree facing west and is
in the shade much of the day. Last year I set in a few small vinca transplants that will take forever to fill in the space, lots of small rocks in the dirt. It's also a place through which our German Shepherd likes to run.

I'd like to plant something that is fast-growing (would like some small flowers), hardy, becomes thick.
Have tried growing "Stepables" but with little success.

Need your suggestions,

Thank you!

Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Mar 28, 2017 11:50 PM CST
I think you might like ajugas there. They like shade, don't require much soil, and they will spread. Nice minor flowers in May here.
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Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
Mar 29, 2017 5:45 AM CST
Hmm. Does ajuga grow in dry shade? It did not here, but in my north garden it gets plenty of shade but it is also planted in soil that stays moist. It tends to do really well there.

The vinca is not going to survive a dog running through it. If this is going to be a high traffic area, try Irish Moss. I have been able to purchase both seed and plants, if need be.

Mar 31, 2017 12:33 AM CST
Thank You! will try the ajuca his spring.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Mar 31, 2017 1:23 AM CST
Mine never gets deliberate watering, grows in poor soil (though it likes woodsy better), and spreads freely. I don't mind it in my lawn at all. Just interesting stuff.

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