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Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

Posted by peachymomo Ca 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 29, 12 at 13:46

I'm trying to improve the look of a shady hillside at one of my mother's properties. My first attempt to landscape it failed because deer ate nearly everything, it was my first garden in deer country and it was a hard lesson. Since that failure I've been cross referencing lists of plants for dry shade and list of deer resistant plants and this is what I have come up with:

Pink Winter Currant, Coffeeberry, Australian Fuschia, California Fescue, Fortnight Lily, Douglas Iris, Mexican Daisy, Hummingbird Sage, Thyme.

Any advice on these plants or others that I should add instead? I'm trying to achieve a low-water, low-maintenance, woodland look that is more attractive than the currant weedy mess. I would love to add some ferns, but they tend to be thirsty and I couldn't find any that were listed as deer resistant. I don't know if this information is pertinent but the area is shaded mainly by a chestnut and a black walnut, but there are lots of oaks a littler farther away.

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

  • Posted by wcgypsy 10 / Sunset 23 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 29, 12 at 14:47

Is this property a rental? Dry shade, deer resisitant, spreads, maintenance free...vinca minor / periwinkle. Good for these purposes if you're not using it amongst other small plantings.

RE: Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 29, 12 at 20:35

Acanthus mollis, Asparagus densiflorus sprengeri compacta, Dianella intermedia, Dianella tasmanica, Choisya ternata 'Sundance', Melianthus major, Euphorbia characias wulfenii, are a few plants that are both good in dry shade and deer resistant. Don't expect any of these to look great year round without some summer irrigation the first couple of years.

RE: Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

The only two natives I am really familiar with are the iris and the sage. If it is coastal, douglas iris can be grown from seed so that they are not so expensive. Hummingbird sage will fill in large areas. Neither are weed-blockers, though.

RE: Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

Thanks everyone! It is a rental, but the renters and neighbors are friends. I plan on installing a drip irrigation system to water the new plants at least until they are established, and depending on how they look they might continue to get occasional summer water. I was hoping that an asparagus fern would make it on to the list, yay!

RE: Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jan 31, 12 at 0:50

Hellebores are very nice. If you know anyone with a Hellebore, they usually have seedlings to share.

RE: Plant suggestions for Dry Shade?

My favorites! Asparagus ferns would propagate nicely under those conditions.

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