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Re: plants for DRY, semi-shade


Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I think I'm going to stick with a lot
of Vinca (Catharanthus roseus) of the trailing variety. It will grow pretty
much anywhere and you guys are correct in saying that things that take full
sun can easily do with  some shade here. I've ordered them, but the plants
won't be ready for a week or two. had to tell my customer that. And I doubt
they will mind. They are pretty laid back. I will remind them about the
watering but I suspect they will pay me to come by and do it. We shall see!
Did another job today, so I'm tired and ready for bed. Got quite a few
container gardens done after the job. I'll snap some pics as soon as they
fill in some for anyone who wants to see them

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC
Zone 8b

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 2:44 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] plants for DRY, semi-shade


> A tough location, Andrea....well...you might try Euphorbia spp.
> (myrsinites, characias, amygdaloides var. robbia); they will put up
> with a good deal of dry.  Or assorted thymes; Salvia officinalis
> ('Purpurascens', 'Berggarten'); Helleborus argutifolius might do
> there, too....maybe even H. foetidus; both take part shade, like some
> sun and do well in dry, stony soil once established.  The annual
> vinca might do or a lantana.  Lychnis coronaria is pretty tolerant of
> dry soil and takes part shade.  In your climate, a lot of 'sun'
> plants will take part shade and still bloom.
>
> Portulaca is another annual.  Oh, and what about hens and chicks -
> Sempervivums?  I saw a lovely lot of them growing on top of a stone
> wall at Asiatica Nursery..no soil at all, really, full sun; tough
> guys.  My lot is in a clay pot that got broken last fall - left it
> out in the open, caved in side and all and they rode the awful winter
> just fine.  They will take part shade...the colors may not be as
> vibrant on those with colored leaves.  Assorted Sedums might also do
> - the rock garden types; not the big ones like S. spectabile or
> 'Autumn Joy'...they need sufficient water tho' they do well in part
> shade.
>
> Native asters might also do the trick - something like A.
> lateriflorus 'Horizontalis' or 'Lady in Black'.  They grow in my
> gravel driveway just fine:-)
>
> The problem with any perennial is that they need water to get
> established so that they have a large enough root system to deal with
> dry conditions, so they would probably need at least a good drink
> twice a week.  You don't say how deep that planter is or whether it's
> open to the ground at the bottom.  If it's deep and bottomless,
> perennials will have a better chance once they get their roots down.
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Andrea H <hodgesaa@islc.net>
> >
> > Hi all-what annuals & low growing perennials do you use for hot,
> dry
> > semi-shade? I have a job that is going to need some. It's a very
> small space,
> > around a sign that is close to the road. It's a big square planter
> around the
> > sign, maybe 3 feet width and 5 foot length on each side. It is
> shaded
> > partially by a big oak but will get very hot as the summer
> progresses. it will
> > get some sun in the late afternoon, and probably not a whole lot of
> water
> > unless I go by there and do it myself and I don't know that I can
> do that on a
> > every other day basis (unless the pay me of course, which I will
> tell them)
> >
> > Anyway-suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> >
> > Andrea H
> > Beaufort, SC
> > Zone 8b
>
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