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 - June 21, 2009

From: Magnolia, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Shade plants for a childrens garden in Magnolia, TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

What shade plants would be good to plant in a Children's garden at a learning center?

ANSWER:

You can choose plants for this yourself by going to our Recommended Species section, clicking on East Texas on the map, and then using the Narrow Your Search by selecting "shade" under Light Requirements. Click on the Narrow Your Search box-you will get the native plants that thrive in shade (less than 2 hours of sun a day) in your part of Texas. Some of them won't be practical, so you should follow the plant link to the individual page on each plant, find out its height, water use, bloom time, etc. We are going to make a suggested list using this technique; if you don't find what you want, go back and do the search yourself. Of course, you can change some of the criteria, such as searching only for "shrubs" under Habit, or "part shade" under Light Requirements, to suit your site. We tried to choose plants that would attract bees and birds, had no toxic parts and are pretty sturdy.

Native shade plants for Magnolia TX

Chasmanthium latifolium (Inland sea oats) - perennial, 3 to 6 ft. tall, grows in most soils, medium water use, part shade or shade

Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed) - perennial, evergreen, blooms yellow April to June, medium water use, sun, part shade or shade, attracts pollinators

Lobelia cardinalis (cardinalflower) - perennial, blooms red May to October, low water use, sun, part shade or shade, attracts hummingbirds

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (wax mallow) - perennial shrub, blooms red May to November, medium water use, part shade or shade, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox) - perennial, evergreen, blooms white, red, pink, purple March to May, medium water use, part shade or shade, attracts butterflies

Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan) - annual to short-lived perennial, blooms yellow June to October, medium water use, sun, part shade or shade, nectar source for bees and butterflies, seeds for birds

Salvia coccinea (blood sage) - annual or perennial, blooms white, red, pink February to October, medium water use, sun, part shade or shade, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies


Chasmanthium latifolium

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lobelia cardinalis

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Phlox divaricata

Rudbeckia hirta

Salvia coccinea

 

 

 

 

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Planting shade plants in 100+ weather
June 25, 2009 - I was planning on planting some columbines in a barrel and Turk's Cap and Coralberry in my yard, but hadn't counted on the extreme heat this early in the summer. Is it okay to plant these things as...
view the full question and answer

Shade tolerant groundcover plants for Tarrant County, Texas
November 01, 2011 - I live in far NE Tarrant County (Ft Worth), TX and need a groundcover that can tolerate complete shade and poor, rocky, clay soil. I need mostly for erosion control, and needs to be relatively low
view the full question and answer

Screening bush for shady area
June 05, 2008 - I need some kind of bush that will act as an air conditioning blind. So far the deer have eaten or destroyed everything planted in the very shady mulch bed. What do you recommend?
view the full question and answer

Plants for a Austin thicket underlayer
July 25, 2014 - We live in Austin, west of 183. We are planning to put a thicket in our backyard, where there is no threat of deer. Anchoring the thicket are a clump of live oaks, a Texas persimmon, an Eve's Necklac...
view the full question and answer

Plants for water park
January 03, 2013 - Hi, I usually have no problem locating the right species for a given situation, but I may need some advice for this. I am looking for plants -- from annual & perennial flowers to shrubs and small t...
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
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center