Is this not enough shade?

crescent_moonJuly 18, 2004

Hi everyone,

I think I have miscalculated how much shade I have in my front bed.It's west facing,but with lots of mature oaks,pines and cedars.I have 7 coral bells (mint frost),3

foamflowers,1 barrenwort and 2 heuchera that are very dark purple.Also 5 songbird columbines.They were all put in this

spring and all of them have had browned leaves and burnt

edges.I have 2 areas where I could possibly move them.

1)the north side of my house which faces deep woods

2)behind our 2 car garage.Both of these areas are deep shade;I mean not a sliver of sunlight on either areas.

Would that be too much shade?Any ideas?thanks,


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PurdueDavid(z5 IN)

Sounds more like a water problem than a sun problem. The coral bells will grow well with quite a bit of sun. I don't have any of the others listed.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2004 at 10:43PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

the columbines can tolerate some sun too - i have some that grow prosper and do quite well in full sun. it might be a water problem - too much water - not enough water - poor drainage? dig down into the soil and see what you have for moisture say 3"-6" deep.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 10:59AM
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I stuck my finger down in the soil about 3 inches or so.It
feels rather moist,but not too wet.I did amend the bed with a lot of compost last fall before I planted it this spring.
I don't think it's a drainage problem;the bed slopes down slightly.Any more ideas?Thank You!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 7:42PM
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It doesn't feel like a sun problem to me either. I have all of those West facing under a Red Oak. They do well.

I'm less confident of the COmumbines, but all the rest will do ok in deep shade. Foam flower will flower a bit less, Coral Bells will turn a bit greener.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 8:29PM
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flora2b(z6a bc)

If you amended your soil, is it possible that you overdid your fertilizer? That would cause the leaves to brown. Just a thought. Shel

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 2:20AM
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Hi Shel,
Overdid the fertilizer?I never even considered that.We have
pink clay on top of gray clay here at our house.I just thought it needed all the help it could get!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 9:30PM
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