I have a flower bed in my backyard under a huge fir tree. This means any plant that lives under it must like dry shade. I've found it's hard to find plants for dry shade - right now brunnera, carpet bugle, epimedium and bishop's weed are doing well there, but I'm looking for more. I was happy to recently discover HGTVGardens.com and their plant finder tool which is easy to use and has specific information on which plants will do best in whatever conditions I enter. (Of course there's lots of other things on the site like tips, landscape ideas and photos from gardeners all over the country, in addition to a whole farm-to-table section! But oh, man, is the plant finder tool fun!)
And I found three new plants for dry shade to look for: foamflower, saxifrage, and wild petunia. Now, I just have to find where to buy them!
A Garden Tool to Find Plants For Specific Conditions
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Published May 9th, 2013 5:37 PM
Douglas Hunt on May 10, 2013Sounds like a great resource, Jami. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center has a similar tool, which of course focuses on native plants. You can search by state, light requirement, soil, bloom season and color and even leaf arrangement: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/
Jami @ An Oregon Cottage on May 10, 2013Thanks, Douglas! I do have an area I want to plant only natives in - that would be great to use that tool so I'd know for sure the plants are truly native in our area. I didn't know about that. I wish these tools were around when I was planting our barren landscape years ago! Maybe I'll have to move just to have a blank slate again. ;)