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Monday - April 02, 2007

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Native plants for north facing shaded bed in Austin
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I have a northfacing house in central Austin. I dug a large bed along the front that gets almost full shade. What native plants will thrive in that space?

ANSWER:

Here are a few suggestions:

Salvia coccinea (blood sage)

Salvia roemeriana (cedar sage)

Aquilegia canadensis (red columbine)

Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana (Hinckley's golden columbine)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (wax mallow)

Carex cherokeensis (Cherokee sedge)

Chasmanthium latifolium (Indian woodoats)

 

Visit the Wildflower Center Spring Plant Sale 2007 where all these plants will be for sale.

 


Salvia coccinea

Salvia roemeriana

Aquilegia canadensis

Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana

Viola sororia

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Carex cherokeensis

Chasmanthium latifolium

 

 


 

 

 

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