Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

kpt951(6)June 26, 2014

HI All,

I am looking for suggestions for a area west of my house that gets shade all summer from large deciduous trees (Maple and Saasafras), but that is in full sun in the winter. The house is pale gray, so it doesn't absorb much heat in the winter to protect anything on winter nights.

The usual rhodies are azaleas would certainly get sunscalded in the winter. I am not adverse to putting up some burlap shades or windbreaks, but am hoping some of y'all might have some ideas that wouldn't make that necessary.

Any help is much appreciated.

Kathy

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restoner(6B-7A)

How about one of the native deciduous azaleas? The evergreen Rhododendron Cadis also is reputed to be sun tolerant. Mine looks good under similar conditions as you described, but is too small to bloom.

Here is a link that might be useful: ARS description of Cadis

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 10:54PM
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gardengal48

Any deciduous shade loving shrub will tolerate this condition fine - hydrangea, fothergilla, clethra, itea, witch hazel, etc.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 2:34PM
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lazy_gardens

What is native to your area that grows in that sort of spot?

Ferns?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 2:45PM
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lazy_gardens

What is native to your area that grows in that sort of spot?

Ferns?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 2:49PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

While pricey, Mt. Laurel might do fine. It seems to survive in the open, among the pines and bare Winter oaks, here in the piney woods of S. Jersey, and blooms beautifully after shaded by the Spring foliage of the trees.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 7:26PM
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kpt951(6)

Thanks for the suggestions!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 11:06PM
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