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Ground over for shade in Texas

Posted by jenspence none (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 9, 13 at 21:07

I am looking to plant some ground cover in zone 8a. I like the bigroot geranium and japanese forestgrass. I was also thinking about adding some astilbe, fall aster or some bleeding hearts. Does anyone have experience with these? My area is dappled sun to full shade. Also, do I need to wait until spring to plant these or is now ok. We are expecting our first freeze in a feed days, but will likely warm back up to the 40s and 50s after.

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RE: Ground over for shade in Texas

I have grown bleeding hearts. They're easy. A friend of mine has grown Japanese forest grass successfully in part shade.

It sounds like you're interested in tall groundcovers for shade. Some taller ones include trollius, mondo grass, lady's mantle, foxglove and toad lily.

As for when to plant them, I would avoid planting them before spring in case you get any hard freezes between now and then. If your area never gets hard freezes, then it might be all right to plant them now. Be sure to mulch them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shade gardening

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