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I have one part of my yard behind the fence and next to my carport, that is about 90% shade. Can anyone tell me of some

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Erica Glasener Last reply on May 9, 2012

ype of ground covering or flowers that I basically have to do nothing to them so that they can grow & survive? The most work I basically want to have to do in that area is to keep them from spreading into my neighbors back yard?

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 20, 2012

    Another thought, Terri: You could make a colorful tapestry for shade using heucheras, whose foliage seems to come in every color in the rainbow these days.

  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Thank you to everyone who responded to this post. Ya'all have given me some great ideas and just in time for York's Flower Show. It should be a lot easier to shop their!

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 25, 2012

    Happy shopping, Terri!

  • Cheryl S
    Cheryl S Metamora, IL
    on Apr 2, 2012

    yesterday a gentleman suggested Thyme ground cover it is purple in winter and green in summer. Not the herb.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on Apr 2, 2012

    Thyme does not do well in shade.

  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD
    on Apr 2, 2012

    I forgot to mention that the land back there is very acidic because of the pine trees. I have started shopping for plants, but w/ the insane weather, nothing has been planted yet. I am trying to chose plants that will match the sunny side of the area too.

  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD
    on May 8, 2012

    May 8th - we are getting April showers. The past two weekd are the only time we haven't been dropping to mid 30's at night. Now it's time to start planting here. Saw lots of beautiful flowere/plants but glad I held off b/c of above reasons. I am getting some free helebores, and will add from there as I can. Thank you everyone for all the different suggestions.

  • Erica Glasener
    Erica Glasener Atlanta, GA
    on May 9, 2012

    Free plants are always great Terri. Enjoy your shade. I wanted to add that I have an area of dry shade and in addition to hellebores, Christmas fern is evergreen (Polystichum acrosticchoides), native and tough. Here is a photo of Christmas fern with wildflowers (Phacelia and trillium) in spring.

    Christmas fern and wildflowers

    Christmas fern and wildflowers

  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD
    on May 9, 2012

    Erica, thank you for suggesting Christmas fern. I only have one spot of shade - by my carport. I love things that stay green year round, and have golden thread juniper bushes out front for that reason.

  • Erica Glasener
    Erica Glasener Atlanta, GA
    on May 9, 2012

    Your welcome Terri. It is a tough and satisfying plant.

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