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Oct 5, 2017 10:30 AM CST
We have a new outdoor living area with no gutters on the roof. Don't want gutters to interfere with the looks. What can I plant in mostly shade that will be evergreen, max 2ft tall, handle occasional drenching and look great? Dallas area so hard rain to no rain.
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Name: June
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Oct 5, 2017 2:10 PM CST
It looks like you have some large trees in that area, so the ground will be full of tree roots. Are you sure you want to plant evergreen ground cover? An alternative would be to put down a layer of gravel, which would make the area look "finished", would permit water to soak into the soil beneath, and also allow you to walk over it.
Name: Carol H. Sandt
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Oct 5, 2017 2:24 PM CST
How about Liriope muscari? It produces purple flowers in August. It grows well in Atlanta, GA, so perhaps it would do well for you. In PA it is a very tough plant that will grow anywhere: sun, shade, even dry shade under a maple tree, as shown in the following photo:

The only needed care is to cut it back in early spring.
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Name: Karen
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Oct 5, 2017 2:34 PM CST
How about Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes)? They are green, and bloom after the rains.
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Name: stone
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Oct 6, 2017 7:23 AM CST
At my house, I plant ginger lilies, ironweed, swamp sunflowers, ruellia brittonia, crinums... But I don't think I have as much shade as it looks like you have.
You could try them, they all tolerate a LOT of shade!

I don't have much use for them, but maybe aspidistra (cast iron plant).

At my house in the Sandhills, the roof overhang is about the only place that gets enough water, to keep the above plants alive.... Pretty shocking when ironweed can't survive the conditions.....

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