Low growing cascading / mounding plants for shade

organicshadegardenerJune 26, 2006

Hi all, We have a deep shade garden, under a pine tree that is held off of the sidewalk by wooden railroad ties. I would like to put something there that will "cascade" or mound over the ties to soften up the edges a bit. Hopefully something that looks soft and has some interest like varigated foliage, interesting foliage, and or flowers.

Any ideas? Right now we just have some hosta varieties in there, but those can always be moved. There is some english ivy in there as well, but it doesn't really cascade or soften the edges.


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Or one of the lamiums, like "White Nancy" or "Herman's Pride." Maybe a Hakone grass, though I'm not sure if your area is too shady or not. Hakone needs some sun.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2006 at 2:33PM
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I wanted to add geranium macrorhizziun (sp) or maculatum. These do well in shade, smell great, spread easily, and are not invasive. Or check out the tiarella cordifolias too.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2006 at 2:40PM
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Native wild geraniums work for me.
FYI, the english ivy is likely to fill in more than you bargained for if you do not actively keep it in check. Blood roots are nice for shade.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 9:41AM
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