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north side of ranch plants

Posted by eeldip north portland (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 21:50

my new house is a low ranch. there is a pretty wide band of the front beds that is shaded by the house (bright shade?) for the entire day. but for months in the summer, that same position is going to be full sun.

i haven't planted anything in that band yet. i wonder if there are plants well adapted to 1/2 year full sun 1/2 year shade... since the shade is not during much of the growing season i should just look for full sun?

plus: i don't want to water this bed...

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RE: north side of ranch plants

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 3:17

Yes, the summer sun will be more limiting than the winter shade - it will have to be sun tolerant plants.

RE: north side of ranch plants

good, that was my assumption as well. just never had this position before. THANKS!

RE: north side of ranch plants

UPDATE: I now have two shrubs in this position. Went for plants listed as sun AND shade tolerant-- and love dry.

Correa backhouseana and Hakea lissosperma. Some hardiness concerns with the Correa, but I couldn't pass up the flowers.

now just looking for some filler. probably grass.

RE: north side of ranch plants

  • Posted by corrine1 7b Pacific Northwest (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 2, 13 at 20:06

Have you considered hellebores? They tolerate more sun that people think & are drought tolerant once established.

Here is a link that might be useful: Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace'

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