What shade- and alkaline-loving plants do well in Zone 8?

childno6(8b)July 24, 2006

I've searched for about an hour and a half on Google and on GardenWeb unsuccessfully. Can anybody point me to a URL or can anyone give me a list of groundcovers, flowers, vines, trees, and shrubs (anything!) that would do well in a shady yard that exists atop a limestone-based area?

Many thanks in advance to anyone that can help me with this.

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eldo1960(8a)

Gardening Success With Difficult Soils by Scott Ogden addresses this very question. Plants of all types for alkaline soils in sun, part sun or shade. You might find it in your library or a used copy at amazon.com or half.com

    Bookmark   July 26, 2006 at 12:19AM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Here I thought I was going to help you out.

Then, I saw the date of your posting. Undoubtedly, since it's been 6 years, you've found what you were looking for.

I'm on alkaline soil, but no shade.

Xtal

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants, Flowers and Trees that will Grow in Alkaline Soil

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 8:30AM
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ianbrazil(11)

I think people do read these back posts. One plant that is really classy and does well in these trying conditions is hardy cyclamen. C. neapolitanum or coum. It takes a while to get established and propagate ( well it doesn't get a lot of help).

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 8:24PM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Ian,
I went to your site. OMG, I've never seen some of those orchids before. Drop dead gorgeous. You've got a good handle on growing them. I suspect your yard looks better than you lead us to believe.

Xtal

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 4:39PM
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