Need Suggestions for Shade Loving Shrub

peoriaplantingNovember 19, 2008

I need help with a bad spot in my yard. I have about a 6ft walkway between my house and block wall on the east side of my lot. The neighbors have a giant orange tree that shades that area pretty much the entire day, maybe allowing an hour of sun to get through. Since the wall is maybe about 5 feet high and they undercut the orange tree, there is no privacy between our windows and theirs and it feels a little awkward not to have some sort of screening plants.

I have tried orange bells and cape honeysuckle, neither of them lasted more than a few months. Because there's not much sun and I have landscape fabric down under the rocks, the ground stays pretty wet.

Any suggestions on a 6-10 foot shrub or small tree, 3-4ft wide that can take full shade and soggy soil here?

Thanks.

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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

I see pittosporum doing pretty well in similar locations. The probably want a bit more sun but they might be worth trying? If you're okay with something that's not a shrub, I've seen a lot of Australian sword ferns (Nephrolepis obliterata) thriving in similar conditions. A really tall one might be almost three feet tall eventually and would at least visually fill up that space. I have one I keep in a pot along the east side of my house and its done great, and they seem even happier with less light than I give mine.

Let us know what you try and how it works out.
Grant

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