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Re: plants for DRY, semi-shade

Yes - please on the pics!!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Andrea H" <hodgesaa@islc.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 23 Mar 2003 20:48:35 -0500

>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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