Something attractive, easy, low growing for shade, poor soil.

denninmi(8a)June 4, 2012

I'm trying to think of something that would stay under a foot tall (roughly), and would do well in hard clay soil under the canopy of a hickory tree.

This area is in the road right of way, so I don't want to spend a lot of money on things as it could, in theory, be ripped out at any time if they need to do utility work on the water or gas lines that go through the spot -- I would try some Epimedium or Helleborus there if it weren't for this, as I have those in similar conditions elsewhere and they do well.

This is around a cluster of mail boxes and a road sign, and keeping it in grass means hand-clipping. I previously tried some Autumn Joy sedum there, it has survived but never really thrived and looks ugly, so I took that out this weekend. Creeping juniper would be good IF it got sun, but its shade all day.

I guess if nothing else, I have two options -- just mulch it down and grow nothing, or 2) Lamiastrum, which I hate, but which nothing kills and will grow anywhere.

Open to better suggestions.

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Have you considered pachysandra?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 4:38PM
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I think the road salt might fry it in the winter. It's a main road so they salt it quite a bit. Anything evergreen might get burnt, which would rule out junipers as well -- my bad.

But thanks for the thought.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 9:58PM
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Lilies of the Valley?
Periwinkles / myrtle?
Spanish Bells?

Just some suggestions

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 9:18AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Don't know how it would handle salt, but THE plant for low maintenance and dry shade is Geranium maccrorhizum, Big Root Geranium. Handsome and semi-evergreen.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 6:39AM
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I don't know what it does during the winter in your zone but Heuchera (Coral Bells). I have it growing in a very shady location under a blue atlas cedar and pretty much ignore it and it does surprisingly well. Whenever it rains, it gets a growth spurt. The leaves come it many different colors too but I've found the common green do best.
Also Vinca minor would do very well & gets pretty flowers but might be invasive so check on that first.
Another that would do well is Ivy~ I don't know if the variegated is as invasive but even if you mulch, you're going to get weeds so I'd plant something.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:13AM
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