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What should I plant in heavy shade?

10 years ago

Posted by Jean Ramseur - 4: I have an area where there are
Basswood trees. Only certain plants will grow in this area,
hostas, maidenhair ferns, Dodecatheon, uvalaria and
aquilegia. I cannot get dicentras and pulmonarias to grow

Ronald Conboy Fl/9b: With certain trees, because of dense
top roots, or chemicals released, some plants won't be able
to grow. The soil around Oak trees is acidic, and non-acid
loving plants won't do well there.

Barb Mich z5: Basswoods have huge leaves, very dense shade.
Bleeding heart (Dicentra)likes open shade. They may do fine
if there is an opening so they get more reflected light.
Another option is to 'raise the crown' of the basswood, that
is, cut off the lower limbs so more light can penetrate.

Louise z5 MI: I hate mowing around trees so I killed the
grass and planted five kinds of ferns, hosta, pachysandra,
lamium,lily-of-the-valley, trillium, foamflower, sweet
woodruff, crocus, jack-in-the-pulpit, false solomons seal,
pulmonaria. The only things doing real well are the
wildflowers, hosta and sweet woodruff.


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