Shade Gardening

Shade Trees

Anonymous added on March 30, 2011 | Answered

I have several shade trees where grass will not grow. I would like to plant some plants that would live in the shady area (maybe Ivy). What are your suggestions?

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Answered on April 12, 2011

English Ivy should do fine in the shade but will try to climb the tree. I assume grass if what you're after since you implied in the question you'd had trouble with it here in the past. I suggest 'Shadow Turf' if you want grass. It's a zoyza hybrid I think. I've got some growing in an area that NEVER gets ANY direct sunlight and it looks great. Note: It's only sold in plugs and it's SLOW growing, which with be frustrating when your starting out, but satisfying when you never have to mow.

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