We live in central Florida (directly between Orlando and Tampa). Our yard is mostly sand for soil and difficult parts in shade almost all day from large trees. What ground cover (grass) and hedges can we use in these areas? Nothing we have tried has lived.
The Florida Native Plant Society has an excellent feature on its webpage called Natives for Landscaping—Choose Your Location where you click on your county to select it and then make choices for "Light Range", "Water Needs" and "Soil" to aid you in choosing the right plant for your site. I chose Polk County and "Shade" and "Sand". Since I wasn't sure of the soil moisture, I left that criteria unselected. Below are some of the plants that resulted from the search in Polk County for plants that will grow in the shade and in the sand.
Very few grasses grow well in the shade. The only grass resulting from the search wasOplismenus hirtellus (Bristle basketgrass). It is dormant in the winter but makes a nice groundcover during the spring, summer and fall.
Habiturf lawn in Carson City, NV October 15, 2013 - I planted habiturf just south of Reno NV May 5. First two months no or little germination because nite temps too cold. Now doing ok except battling purslane and redstem filaree.. SO, I notice bare/spa... view the full question and answer
Xeriscaping in clay on a slope in Fort Worth April 06, 2006 - Xeriscaping in clay (Fort Worth) on a slope --
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Suggestions for Texas native plants for memorial June 30, 2005 - A dear friend of ours has passed and we would like some ideas of a native Texas plant we could plant in memory of her. It will be grown in the hill region near Houston. Thank you.
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Grasses for moist, steep hillside in Tupelo MS July 01, 2010 - I have a very steep bank that I have pampas grass planted in spots. It must be a natural spring in the bank because it stays very wet and runs into the street below. Can you suggest something to pla... view the full question and answer
Restoring a slope in the Mississippi sandhill region August 01, 2011 - We are building on 5 acres (leaving 60% as is, natural). Only building a small (900-1200 sq ft house) & clearing 1 acre of the valley for a pond. There is a steep slope (where we had to put field dra... view the full question and answer