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09 September 2010 @ 01:59 pm
seeking shade plant recomendation  
I have a shady spot in my shady yard, it gets very little sun. I'd like to plant some sort of perennial there, that is hardy enough to not get crowded out by weeds if I neglect it for awhile, is somewhat drought resistant since it gets hella dry in the summer, is not overly enthusiastic (I don't want it to take over the place!) and is good looking.

anyone have any suggestions? it's for a north facing yard in san francisco on the edge of the fog zone.
Vyachevyache on September 9th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Redwood sorrel might work.
sadie_sabotsadie_sabot on September 11th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Woodwardiaranunculus on September 10th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Get a copy of The Compete SHADE Gardener by George Schenk. Try your local bookstore or E-Bay. Transformed my shade gardening.

Redwood Sorrel is great, but like ivy, it hosts both snails and any rodents that inhabit the neighborhood.
sadie_sabotsadie_sabot on September 11th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I will look for that book; thank you!
Gayle Madwinqueerbychoice on September 11th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
How about Douglas iris or island alum root? Or even the non-running cultivars of alpine strawberry?
sadie_sabotsadie_sabot on September 11th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'll check those out, thank you!
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Shade garden
I have noticed on my morning walks in Oakland that Lamium galeobdolon does well as a ground cover in lots of shade. Its green with silver variegation,has yellow flowers and spreads itself nicely. Good Luck!