I live in north central California. I have a north facing patio with gardening area about 3'x10' on each side. Using a light meter the whole patio gets low sunlight. I would like to plant shrubs and flowers, but don't know what would grow there. The soil is not that good and I need to know how to prepare it. Any suggestions on what I could plant and how to prepare the soil?
Name: Daisy I Reno, Nv (Zone 6b) Not all who wander are lost
Your soil probably has a lot of clay. Your best option is to dig in a lot of garden soil and compost. A LOT.
Plant shade loving plants: Hosta, ferns, Hellebore, Coral Bells... They can deal with the heat as long as they are well watered.
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