For those who have mostly shady yards, there are different problems than for those of us who have mostly sunny yards. Since some plants absolutely require shade, I have a few spots where they can grow.
Woodland Fern does well here because it can handlefrom-spring-into-fall heat, and the roots survive a cold winter. This flowerbed against the house doesn’t receive direct sun. Ferns enjoy a little dappled light, just like they would received in the woods.
One shady spot I have is at the back of the yard under a large Live Oak. So pots of shade loving plants can go there. The pot with white flowers is Plumbago (Plumbago capensis). I actually prefer the Plumbago with purple flowers, but the one I had died.
The taller stems behind the Plumbago are Ornamental Garlic. The larger leaves on the right side belong to a Datura or Moon Flower (Datura wrightii).
All the plants are in pots because I don’t want to disturb the roots of the tree. Also, some of them need inside protection during the winter.
One corner of a covered back porch has shade most of the day. This area is filled with pots of Coleus and Old Fashioned Geraniums, meaning an old variety that is not sold in nurseries. The past two years I have become a fan of a variety of Coleus with their lovely leaf colors and shapes.
This Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) also sits on a stand in that corner. Just about the easier plant there is to grow. The “spiders” that grow on long stems from the center become new plants when put into soil.
A large pot of Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus) is long lived when brought inside for the winter. It will also recover from winter because the fibrous roots are very hardy. But it takes a long time for the foliage to grown back and to become attractive again.
Purple Heart or Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallida) returns every spring like clockwork in a shady flowerbed.Actually, shade is a welcome relief for lots of living creatures, including me during this long lived summer and continued drought. The temperatures have fallen a bit, so that’s a treat. Seriously need some rain.
Hope your autumn is cool and crisp with lovely yellow, orange, and auburn colors.
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