HELP - IT's DARK IN HERE!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mower_babe, Jun 14, 2003.

  1. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    PLEASE HELP!!! I AM IN THE DARK!!!

    I am about to start a large landscaping job that will have a shaded area 85' X 35' that will be 3 tiered w. natural colored brick and will have small red lava rock (3/4") as the mulch medium.

    The problem is that I need to find some perrenials and
    groundcovers that like to be in the shade most of the time and YES - I have visited local nurseries to ask questions. The most common response is hostas and ferns...................................
    BBBBBOOOOORRRRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGG!

    I will add these in, b/c they are in the existing landscape - but I need something with a little more spice. The home is white, black and tan. VERY LARGE. The homeowners like reds, but I have been told that red plants do not fare well in the shade.

    PLEASE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS FOR ME!!!
     
  2. Georgiehopper

    Georgiehopper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    Here consider using these:

    Evergreen: Bearberry, Winterberry, Microbiota, Mondo grass (not sure about its hardiness in your area), Vinca minor, Pachysandra,

    Perennials: Lysimachia nummularia, Beacon Silver, Epimedium, Hypericum,Bergenia,Ajuga,Brunnera,Prunella.

    And of course the hostas and ferns.

    There are so many nice varieties of hostas that you should be able to create a very interesting landscape with them. Also, ferns such as the japanese painted fern are beautiful and colorful and by no means boring.
     
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    In addition to Georgiehopper's list, try these: Astilbe, huechera, iris, primrose, dicentra, alchemilla mollis, brunnera, helleborus, liatris.

    Mike
     
  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I took this list from our website of shade perenials available from us. Although very few plants will do well in VERY dark areas.

    Monkshood (Aconitum),Goutweed (Aegopodium),Bugleweed (Ajuga),Lady’s Mantle
    (Alchemilla)Windflower (Anemone sylvestris)Columbine (Aquilegia)Kinnikinnick (Arctostophylos)Goatsbeard (Aruncus)False Spirea (Astilbe)Masterwort (Astrantia)English Daisy(Bellis)Elephant Ears (Bergenia)Forget Me Not (Brunnera)Marsh Marigold (Caltha)Bellflowers(Campanula)Snakeroot (Cimicifuga)Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)Sweet William (Dianthus)Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum)Bishop’s Hat (Epimedium)Meadowsweet (Filipendula)Sweet Woodruff (Galium)Cranesbill (Geranium)Lenten Rose (Helleborus)Daylilies (Hemerocallis)Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)Coralbells (Heuchera)
    Plantain Lily (Hostas)Siberian Iris (Iris)Silver Nettle (Lamium)Rayflower (Ligularia)
    Cardinal Fl. (Lobelia cardinalis)Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia)Blue Poppy (Meconopsis)
    Forget Me Not (Myosotis)Spurge (Pachysandra)Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora)
    Beardtongue (Penstemon)Obedient Plant (Physostegia)Balloon Fl. (Platycodon)
    Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium)Soloman’s Seal (Polygonatum)Primroses (Primula)
    Lungwort (Pulmonaria)Foamflower (Tiarella)Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
    Globeflower (Trollius)Periwinkle (Vinca)
     

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