Ask a Question forum: Evergreen shrubs summer sun and winter shade

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Name: Dustin Davis
Katy, TX (Zone 9a)
DCD27
Mar 20, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Hello, I have a back fence that runs East to West and a raised garden bed at the bottom that runs the length of the fence line (40ft). My raised bed is just now starting to get sun. I constructed this raised bed during the winter so this will be my first growing season. After using online solar data and a little bit of trig, I calculate I will have about 4 months of full summer sun, +8hrs a day and 8 months of full shade.

What kinds of shrubs would do well here. I like thick, evergreen shrubs if possible. Can I put out anything that will bloom?

(More questions will follow lol)
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Mar 20, 2018 9:47 PM CST
My first thought is to look at some hollies, especially ones that bear fruit. Birds love them.
My 2nd thought is that I hope you aren't thinking of using the same type of shrub for the whole 40 ft.
My 3rd thought is that because you live in Katy, I bet there are a number of native shrubs that would work for you. But 8 months of full shade? Really? 100% full shade?
Also, what is the distance from the fence to the raised beds? I assume the shrubs will go in between them. If so, as they grow, that will change the amount of sun that your raised beds will get.

Sorry. Just trying to unpack all this. There's a lot to consider.
Name: Dustin Davis
Katy, TX (Zone 9a)
DCD27
Mar 21, 2018 5:48 AM CST
Thank you for your response.

No I am definitely not going to use the same type of shrub just looking for recommendations for now.
As far as the shade goes, the bed is about 4 1/2 feet from the base of the fence to the edging in the front of the raised bed. As of today, the bed is getting about 1' of sun throughout the day. Sometime in April I will get full sun on the entire bed until Sept. During the winter months, until my shrubs grow in height they will be in very intense shade. I was thinking about changing the spacing between my fence pickets to alleviate the intense shade as no one lives behind me and this would be feasible.

Thank you for your help.

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