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.
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