Shade tolerant plants for Tucson?

JackInTucson(9)March 19, 2013

I live in the Armory Park downtown neighborhood of Tucson and have a north facing patio area with two ~8x8x10 triangular planting areas that get very little sun (at this time of year they get no direct sun). The two sides of each planting area are the walls of the house and a porch, the third border is a concrete/brick patio. I am able to amend the soil easily and irrigation is in place but currently capped. Whatever I plant I'd like to survive the winter (zone 8). I dont mind wrapping for the winter if necessary.

I had originally wanted to plant a small patio tree perhaps with some potted tropicals/annuals underneath but I think the sunless issue might prevent this. I am thinking of possibly banana plants?? Shade tolerant species of bamboo? Ferns maybe? What other ideas might you have? These areas will be closely viewed when sitting in the patio with glass of wine in hand.

thank you
Jack

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mikerizzle9

You might want to look into Bird of Paradise which can grow quite large, albiet "slowly". If it reaches for sunshine it might disappoint you as a centerpiece. These are related to banana plants. You can plant some gardenia. but 8x8x10 is a large area to be shaded, so it will probably get some summer sun. Unless this area is COVERED you should think about summer sun. Norther exposure doesn't equate to shade in my home. If it is UNCOVERED and will get some hardcore sun during the summer, any shade plants are out. Ferns will get toasted. Which is why I suggested Bird of Paradise.

A centerpiece would like great in that type of area, with some shade lovers underneath. Personally, if MY area fit the bill, I'd LOVE to plant a couple Japanese Maple.

Ideally, we would have a spot like yours which gets direct sun during the winter and very little during the summer. That would be so nice. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Japanese Maple in Hot Climate

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 9:25PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Time to take off frost protection?
I was tentatively planning to remove the frost cloth...
drmeow3
Potting soil and basket types for Hanging Baskets
I'm planting my first hanging baskets in the White...
letsharmonize
ID Help!
These lovely little flower stalks have appeared on...
GeeS 9b
Boojum tree
Hello! I was at the botanical gardens the other day...
mastergardenator
What is this bug/thing?
Digging by hand this year I am finding A LOT of these...
ernie85017
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™