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steep, shady area

steep, shady area
Posted by Carrie from KY on 2001-04-09 14:39:02

There's a small area in my backyard under a large tree where nothing grows.This spot also borders a busy alley. I've managed to get 3 yarrow to take hold near the bottom. The soil is mostly clay, very dry, and mostly shaded. What can I plant there?

Carrie

  • groundcover
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2001-04-12 08:30:17

    Quoting Carrie: ------------
    The soil is mostly clay, very dry, and mostly shaded. What can I plant there?

    Almost any ground cover will do well if the soil is amended with copious quantites of organic matter first. A very dry clay will make it impossible for much of anything to get established.
  • shade-loving groundcovers
    Posted by Jerry Digman from 5b on 2001-04-09 23:35:22

    There are many groundcovers that do well in shade that would be ideal for your hill - ivy, perwinkle, wintercreeper. Hostas are everywhere in the shade.

    This pub describes those and other choices that would do well in KY:

    http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06835.htm



    Quoting Carrie: ------------
    -There's a small area in my backyard under a large tree where nothing grows.This spot also borders a busy alley. I've managed to get 3 yarrow to take hold near the bottom. The soil is mostly clay, very dry, and mostly shaded. What can I plant there?
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