Top Questions About Shade Gardening

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Questions About Shade Gardening

Asked by
CarolynJ on
October 15, 2011

Q. Recommendations for Shade/Container Gardening

I am looking for recommendations for bulbs and trees that will grow in containers on a patio in shade. There’s no direct sunshine at all.

Thanks, Carolyn

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 20, 2011

Q. Grass In Shady Areas

What is the best grass to plant in shady areas? I live in north Texas and I have a lot of big trees in the front yard that keeps part of the yard in constant shade. These areas are made up of only dirt, despite the fact that there’s grass growing in the rest of the yard. I would like to know which grass to plant and in what time of the year?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 21, 2011
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For your area both spring and fall planting is acceptable; however, you might want to try fall planting since your summers may be prone to excessive heat. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/shade-tolerant-grass.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/growing-grass-shade.htm

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Asked by
caseyjones50 on
December 16, 2011

Q. herbs that don’t need full sun

Most of my growing area is shady.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 18, 2011
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Asked by
grantfleet on
March 6, 2012

Q. which flowers do well in shade?

Which flowers do well in shade?

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Nikki on
March 7, 2012
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 18, 2012

Q. Growing Vegetables

Which vegetables can be grown in a largely shaded area?

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Nikki on
April 18, 2012
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Asked by
kellyhaywood on
August 5, 2012

Q. rocky ground garden anyone?

I have just moved to a house with a yard in Arkansas that is incredibly rocky and on a fairly steep slope. Any ideas on where I can even get started? It is mostly shaded, would I be better putting in small garden areas or just put decorative rocks out? Any ideas would be appreciated. I’m on a tight budget but was able to move some plants from old house. Thanks.

Answered by
Heather on
August 16, 2012
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Typically with rocky soil, you have 2 choices. You either painstakingly remove the rocks from the soil, or you build beds above the soil. A third option is to consider having just one big rock garden but that may not work with the plants you have brought with you.

These articles may be helpful in getting started with either gardening above the ground or rock gardening:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/urban/raised-beds-for-urban-settings-no-digging-required.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/building-a-berm-how-do-i-make-a-berm.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/learn-a-bit-about-rock-gardens.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/backyard-rock-gardens-building-a-rock-garden.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 2, 2014

Q. Vegetables for Shade

Are there any vegetables or fruits that will grow in a shaded area?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 2, 2014
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For vegetables that can grow in the shade, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/shade-vegetables.htm

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