After the daffodils -- What then?

birchhillMarch 19, 2009

I have a large area that is shaded by four very tall oak trees. A few years ago I planted several hundred daffodils and they have done well because they bloom long before the trees start to leaf out.

My question is this. What can I grow in this area after the daffodils have bloomed? I leave their foliage undisturbed until it has turned brown but what else could I grow in this area after the daffodils have faded? I tried a few astilbe last season and they seemed to do OK but didn't have much of a visual impact. I also tried a few foxglove but they are biennials and I don't think mine produced any seedlings for future years. The shade is not total in summer -- more of a dappled pattern. I would prefer perennials with low maintenance requirements.

Any suggestions?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
linnea56(z5 IL)

This issue comes up over and over! You will find you are not alone. Check threads on the perennials forum too, you will find lots of great suggestions. Do a search with some keywords. I have the same conditions, under 3 ash trees. The things to remember are, you need perennials that do not mind tree roots for competition. The trees will suck out much of the water so you probably have dry shade. There are lots of plants that like moist shade but fewer choices for dry. The bulbs DO like it dry so that part is good. I find that the bulbs in my tree area perform well year after year, much better than in my main garden.

FWIW, you can have the benefit of what IÂve tried. I also have astilbe. They have grown incredibly slowly. I like them but will not buy more for there unless I can get them really inexpensively. Hosta donÂt like it there. They live but donÂt grow. After 5 years some are the same size as when I planted them. Lamium is doing well. Hardy true geraniums (not the annual pot "geranium", which is a different species) like geranium sanguineum seem to be doing well: not much bloom there but they have attractively shaped leaves that also turn color in the fall so it doesnÂt matter. Ferns are doing well. I am trying the woodland route with some trilliums. But the hardy geraniums have been the best. There are many colors available.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 9:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

How about Forget-me-nots? They do well in part shade. They are called Myosotis Copindi (Forget-me-nots). Or campanula's, heuchera's?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 2:04PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Experience with Ordering from Brecks or Royal Dutch Catalogs??
Has anyone ordered spring flowering bulbs from either...
tulips - when to stop watering? how to cut?
I have two questions regarding tulips: 1. when the...
Poll: share what is blooming for you!
My brother in Zone 8 has daffodils blooming! What...
Poll: What new flowers will be coming up next Spring?
So, I went a bit crazy this fall and will have planted...
Snowdrops in the green...
Does anyone know of a source for purchasing snowdrops...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™