Struggling with dry shade
But the kind of shade that's from a second story overhang, the bed is under it in N exposure and proven to be a dread to fill.
These last few years I gone trough coral bells, astilbes, hostas, creeping phlox, perennial vinca and a whole lot of annuals.
This year I tried again with the hostas but the biggest ones in my garden and theyre all loppsided from the uneven light source.
The sun reaches in there, for about 4 hrs before climbing over the building.
At this point I don't care if it is flowering plants as long as they come back reliably and fill this spot up.
Besides the crooked albeit majestic hostas I resolved this year to adding two more six packs of the perennial vinca, it seems to be able to survive once it takes root.
On the western end of the house I planted a herbaceous clematis Arabella, looks just like the vinca blooms but on steroids.
I plan to allow it to scramble inwards in the bed thus keeping the base of the plant under open sky with some evening sun as the sun sets in west, this way it also benefits from the nearby downspout. Next to it on the pillar holding up the roof I'm planting a David Austin rose called Abraham Darby whos supposed to be very fragrant reblooming and pink peach in color. This too will have it's feet in the corner of the bed benefiting from both morning sun and evening exposure.
I'm pretty sure I'll have to relocate the mature hostas as theyre already looking stressed.
Can anybody with better experience advice on companion plants that will have a fighting chance in these conditions?
I really wish to have it in the ground well before my zone 5 season ends as we have a large celebration early summer next year and this bed is the one right next door to our front entrance.
I must get it up and running now so it has a chance to fill in.
which reminds me.. sigh..
I have similar issues with a bed under a Oak tree, also on the North lawn so plenty of morning-noon sun but competition from the tree roots and added shade from the the crown.
The asiatic lilies I need to move are sprawling out and away from the circular bed and needs to be moved next week.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!