Tough spot!! Winter shade, summer sun

daviderin7February 18, 2013

I have a south facing terrace in my yard, and am having some troubles getting plants to thrive. Some survive, but none ever really look great.

In the winter, when the sun is low, the area gets a good 5 hours of deep shade in the middle of the day. It is shaded by an evergreen parkway tree that is city property (cannot prune).

In the summer when the sun is high, the area is full sun, no shade at all, and gets very hot and dry.

I am in Los Angeles, have clay soil. The area gets watered about once a week. Currently have lavender there.

Any ideas for the area would be much appreciated!

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Choose something appropriate for your area that you find desirable. Note these are edibles for the most part. There should be plenty of non-edibles tolerant or even thriving with only partial shade. Of course some things may go dormant for winter...or even summer. I think I would try the alpine, musk and lipstick strawberries. Or plant a pecan tree to get the area overhead shade (dappled) in the summer that I could then plant under..


Partial Shade
May have less fruit.
Alpine Strawberry
Bamboo (some types)
Evergreen &
Red Huckleberry
Lipstick Strawberry
Magnolia Vines
Musk Strawberry
Paw Paw
Pie Cherry
Sugar Maple
Full Shade

(in sunny climates)
Carolina Allspice
Evergreen Huck.
Flowering Currant
Highbush Cranberry

Here is a link that might be useful: List from Raintree Nursery

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 1:50PM
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