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Something other than ferns?

Posted by echobelly 10 (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 6, 12 at 19:16

I'm planning on pulling up more of the lawn. This will be about a 20'x 30' area in partial shade, bordered on one side by the pool cage, the other by the living room, and the other two sides will have cement pavers. I was planning on putting in a bed of Boston fern (I have one on the other side of the house, and love it), but thought another fern may be more appropriate, or maybe not a fern at all, some other sort of ground cover. Any suggestions? This bed will be the view out the back of the house, and from the pool cage. I want something that will spread fairly quickly, has year-round interest, and will tolerate being flooded occasionally (two downspouts drain here). I'd like something with a somewhat formal look, as the yard beyond this is more "casual" (read "unmowed field").

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RE: Something other than ferns?

  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSLFl (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 7, 12 at 7:33

Bromeliads work well in the shade and you could mix in some ti's, they do well in the shade too. ;o)

RE: Something other than ferns?

Yellow walking iris, mondo or liriope, new zealand flax have all worked well for me in shade.
And of course, bromilieads.

RE: Something other than ferns?

Thanks for the suggestions. I have mondo grass and liriope in a bed in the front of the house. They make a nice clump, but haven't spread in the least. I need something that will fill in and make a nice ground cover. I'll look up walking iris and new zealand flax. Sorry, I've never been a big fan of bromeliads.

RE: Something other than ferns?

I have spider wart and peace lily on the north side of my home. Don't think they spread very fast though.

RE: Something other than ferns?

Have you thought of any of the heat tolerant bulbs .?? There are gazillions of them . One I'd particularly recommend is Amazon lily (Eucharis grandiflora .) has dark green canna like leaves and daffodil like flowers with an incredible aroma. Best of all it will flower at least twice a year!! Never goes dormant. Caldwell lily is another but only blooms once a year and has a short dormant period. Even grasshoppers won't bother them!! lol
If really adventurous try some of those S. African bulbs or some shade tolerant terrestrial orchids?? All wiill require a little soil improvement to do well IME. gary

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