urban garden with shade

eblin(7a)April 14, 2011

We recently rehardscaped our small, rowhouse backyard. Unfortunately, the design was dictated by the two large trees that flank the north and south sides of the yard. As the picture shows, we have 3 beds.


The long strip against the garage (on the west side of the yard) now has 3 boxwoods, along with a tall planter that needs to fill in, and we like that. We also plan to install some hanging pockets in the bricked in window to give some color above.

The problem are the two other beds. The long strip bed on the right is primarily shade, with the exception of the far end (towards the garage), which gets partial sun in the afternoons. We have some hostas in there, which have thrived, but the bed is now larger and I'm a bit bored with them. The other curved bed is in deep shade.

I'm thinking of all impatiens in the curved bed, but I'm looking for some ideas for a mixture of perennials and annuals in the other. I'm not a huge fan of purple, I'm afraid, but I'm open to suggestions.


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hosta,laurel,privet,lilac small rock maybe work

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 9:10AM
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azalea work too.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 9:25AM
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Thanks! I'll take the smaller plant ideas, as I can't really change the hardscaping without losing more space.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 2:56PM
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There are so many cool shade plants!
Shrubs: try for azaleas or dwarf rhododendrons, perhaps a shade tolerant dwarf conifer.

Perennials/bulbs : Bleeding hearts, Pulmonaria (lungwort), Ferns, Jacob's Ladder, Toad Lily, Brunnera, Plumbago, Lamimum (dead nettle), Coral Bells (Heuchera), Hellabores, astilbe, Daffodils, grape hyacinths, Lily of the valely (can be invasive)

Annuals: Torenia, impatiens, coleus

Obviously you'll have to check for hardiness and mature plant sizes, but I would think you could find something on that list to get excited about :) Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 10:34AM
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