Joined: Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:45 am Posts: 43 Location: dallas,TEXAS
I have one of these too. Our house faces north and the bed is covered by the canopy of a mature Red Oak so it's in full shade almost all day getting only a sliver of early morning and late-day sun. We've got a dwarf form of Indian Hawthorne (about 15" tall) in ours and they are doing surprisingly well. Though they don't get enough sun to bloom the foliage is lush and healthy. These came with the house and I haven't gotten around to replacing them yet - I wouldn't have picked them if I were starting from scratch but they are fine really.
Sedum isn't going to stand a chance. Hostas aren't evergreen. Hmmmâ€¦ maybe Japanese Holly Ferns, though they might get too tall. A smallish shade-loving ornamental grass such as Golden Japanese Forest Grass or All Gold Japanese Forest Grass would be nice but not evergreen. I've tried various forms of Coral Bells in full shade and they just don't do too well. That said, there's one in that family with broad leaves, about 18" in height, with white flowers in late summer that have done very well for me in almost full shade. Actually, it could be perfect. I can't think of the name right now but can report back later when I've had a chance to look. Oh! Helleborus could be very good for that spot, probably my pick if this were my bed (Red Lady, Pink Lady, White Spotted Lady or Kingston Cardinal or Snow Bunting).
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