En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - March 15, 2009

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Plants for border garden in shade in Austin
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Need suggestion for what to plant in a border garden. We live in northwest Austin and the garden is north-facing and shaded. Currently are oleanders but they don't get enough sun. Also growing are nandinas and lilies, would like some color. Thank you.

ANSWER:

Here are some plants that will grow in part shade (2 to 6 hours of sun per day) and/or shade (less than 2 hours of shade) in Austin:

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (flame acanthus) part shade.

Aquilegia canadensis (red columbine) part shade, shade.

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed) part shade.

Calylophus berlandieri ssp. pinifolius (Berlandier's sundrops) part shade.

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower) part shade.

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (Turk's cap) part shade, shade.

Phacelia congesta (blue curls) part shade.

Salvia coccinea (blood sage) part shade, shade.

Wedelia texana (hairy wedelia) part shade.

These final ones are small trees:

Cercis canadensis var. texensis (Texas redbud) part shade.

Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain-laurel) part shade.

Ungnadia speciosa (Mexican buckeye) part shade. 

You can find more possibilities by going to the Recommended Species page and selecting Central Texas from the map or pulldown menu.  This will give you a list of commercially available native plants suitable for landscaping in Central Texas.  You can then use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option to select plants for shade or part shade under the 'Light requirement' option.


Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

Aquilegia canadensis

Asclepias tuberosa

Calylophus berlandieri ssp. pinifolius

Echinacea purpurea

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Phacelia congesta

Salvia coccinea

Wedelia texana

Cercis canadensis var. texensis

Sophora secundiflora

Ungnadia speciosa

 

 

 

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Shrub for shade in Austin, Texas.
March 27, 2009 - Live in Austin, Texas and need to plant a shrub or plant that will grow well in little to no sun. Can grow 4 feet in height
view the full question and answer

Fast-growing evergreen shade shrub for Lincoln NH
September 14, 2009 - I need a fast-growing, shade loving evergreen shrub that will give us privacy and grow in and around some White Pines whose branches were pruned to 4 - 6 ft above the ground. The house is in Lincoln ...
view the full question and answer

Native lawn replacement for shady areas in Austin
September 11, 2013 - Our front lawn was totally destroyed this summer during some remodeling construction. I am interested in replacing it with native grasses, but we have several oak trees that keep the area fairly shady...
view the full question and answer

Wildlife garden for Austin
May 19, 2013 - I am trying to make my backyard more wildlife friendly. I have pecan trees for the canopy and some understory shrub/trees like rough leaf dogwood and redbud. I am having a really hard time finding sui...
view the full question and answer

Native grass for sandy soil and shade
May 27, 2011 - We have a sandy soil and lots of shade. Is there a native grass that would do well under these conditions?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center