Saturday, May 22, 2010

What to plant next to the fence line?

Our backyard has a lot shade. I am looking for something to plant next do the fence line. Some plant that grows (fast) up to 6 or 7 inches and it is ok with shade. I live in Ohio, zone 6. I was thinking about Hydrangea. But I don't know if that is a good idea for this area.

What to plant next to the fence line?
Hydrangea would be fine. So would ferns, astilbe, hosta, rhododendron, honeysuckle, day lilies, sweet woodruff, columbine. One of my favorite books for shade gardens, is a Harrowsmith Gardener's guide called Shade Gardens. I'm sure there are many more though.
Reply:there are some great plants that grow in the shade Hosta's are one of my favorite because of the different variety's some grow 4 inches and I have one that is called a reptilian and it grows 4 feet tall solid green and the leaves look like reptile skin the thing with Hostas though you are really not buying the Hostas for the flower you are getting it for the foliage so if you want something to flower look up these few favorites heucherella(corral belles),Lamina (dead nettle), and Astilbe. The coral belles I have 7 different varieties and the dead nettle I have 4 different kinds(one of my favorites) you could look these up at Wayside gardens on the Internet and see what they look like.
Reply:Can you do the Silver Dollar plant? It grows deep green stalks with purple flowers in the fall it shows round white paper petals. Show Showey! I just love it!





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Reply:I'm not sure about hydrangea, but I think it would work. It is taller than the 6 or 7 inches though. My first thought was Hosta. There are a lot of different ones. They grow fast and fill in well.


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