Plant ideas for the weird shady bits of my garden
Showing Off Treasures | One-of-a-kind finds and clever plantings give this Appalachian sanctuary remarkable style. When Stephanie and Bill Reeves happened upon a purple smoke tree espalier in a neighbor's garden, they were utterly enamored and immediately set about finding the feature's designer. "We wove "Princess Diana" scarlet clematis through the foliage of a smoke tree to form an espalier," Atlanta-based landscape designer Alex Smith explains.
Using Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) Hardy in zones 5-9 this attractive ornamental grass with fine silver-green blades will grow 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Maiden Grass turns a golden bronze color after the first hard frost. Used as a specimen or when planted in groups it serves as a great screen. Full sun or part shade and fertile soil will ensure that this grass performs well in the landscape.
Hairgrass is an evergreen (depending on climate) grass with airy plumes in shades of golden, silver, purple, and green. The plant has an attractive mounding habit, as well. Name: Deschampsia cespitosa Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall Zones: 5-9 Plant This Grass Because: It doesn't mind part shade or consistently moist soil. Native to North America: No
One of the most common grasses, maidengrass is big, beautiful, and easy to grow. It offers narrow, arching foliage (many selections are variegated; look for them to add more color to your landscape) and silvery plumes that are enchanting when the light catches them just right. Name: Miscanthus sinensis Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 8 feet tall Zones: 4-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has pretty plumes and a graceful arching habit. Native to North America: No
It's tough to beat blue oatgrass for a low-care plant with steel-blue color. It also has a wonderful mounded habit and won't spread and take over your garden. Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has beautiful silvery-blue color. Native to North America: No
Foodscape Revolution: Edible edges are a smart solution in the landscape if you have limited space or want to make your vegetable garden part of the ornamental garden. Pop in edible plants that look decorative and provide harvestable crops along the edges of the garden for an easy and attractive foodscape.