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Santa Cruz CA
AFB
Jun 28, 2017 12:45 PM CST
I live in Santa Cruz CA, about 4 blocks from the beach. I have an area of my garden that gets morning shade then afternoon sun around 3pm - when it can be very hot!
I have planted and re-planted the same spot so many times and very few things have flourished there.
Lavender, lantana and coral bells have done pretty well but apart from that - not much else.
I would love to put in some grasses but that has been problematic also. This spot is also below four birch trees so they steal a lot of the water.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 28, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Welcome!

I think the problem is the 4 birch trees. They are using all the water, nutrients and root space. Plants that do well in shade with small root systems will do best - like Coral Bells (Heuchera). There are a million colors and sizes so that is not a bad choice in my mind.
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