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I have an area in my front yard ive worked on for a while i would like to find some ground cover or plants that do good

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in this area that like full shade,and wet red clay any suggestions?I want to plant these on either side of the bridge.Ive got azaleas in part of this area but they are growing very slow.
  • i have an area in my front yard ive worked on for a while i would like to find some, flowers, gardening

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  • Deborah C
    Deborah C Durham, NC
    on Jan 24, 2012

    I have a list of natives that should do well. Trillium, Salomon's seal (Polygonatum), May apple (Podophyllum peltatum), Wild ginger (Asarum), and Foam flower, (Tiarella). I also like moses as well as Dogwood (Cornus florida), Redbud (Cercis canadensis) which are both understory trees. I also like dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana') although it is not native. There are a lot of ferns to pick from as well and some are native. I hope this helps,and have fun.

  • Garden Rebel / Sims Landscaping, Co.
    Garden Rebel / Sims Landscaping, Co. Orlando, FL
    on Jan 24, 2012

    This setting is very special! I see Azaleas, Camellias, Border grasses,Hydrangea and Caladieums used for color in the summer with monochromatic groups of impatiens spaced in serpentine islands especially on each sides of the driveway. As the trees grow your shade will thicken so these varieties will survive and be dramatic but you must find the right designer.If the wrong choices are made then you will be re-designing in two years. This yard is exceptional and you must find an artistic designer who understands the phrase " Honoring the Land" The color and contrast I am suggesting when implemented properly will have a WOW feeling and you will be the talk of the town! A dramatic property has soul, it must be honored with total respect to the land..

  • Marvin R
    Marvin R Sanford, NC
    on Jan 24, 2012

    Yeah its definately been a work in progress when we moved in this whole area was a swampy mess.We had to have the creek rerouted and we added the rock,bridge,and the tiering in the upper yard.Now im working on planting.I might try some hostas but they are just seasonal so its been tough given the shade and wet clay that is difficult to dig in.

  • Marvin R
    Marvin R Sanford, NC
    on Jan 24, 2012

    Heres a picture of the tiering you see in the first picture.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jan 24, 2012

    You've gotten some great suggestions so far, Marvin, but I can't see a spot like that without mentioning hellebores. And you should have some Japanese anemones. And some of the wonderful heuchera they are developing these days. And ....

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