Dear Readers, In our last post we talked about plants for dry shade. Several of you wanted to know what to do with areas of moist shade. They also are problems, as molds run rampant, the plants can’t get enough sun, and often are close to drowning in the moisture.
Unlike plants in dry areas where a good layer of mulch holds in moisture, we don’t mulch moist areas; it just encourages mold, mildew, slugs, and other foliage eating pests. But such areas do still want a composted enriched soil.
BELLIUM MINUTUM, “Miniature Mat Daisy”, which covers itself with a multitude of 1/2″ white daisies from late spring all through summer. It’s a dainty plant with tiny, light green leaves that form a dense mat of foliage in shade. It’s not picky about soil, but may need watering to keep the soil moist. This is a good substitute plant for Creeping Thyme where it’s too shady for thyme. A small plant that will get lost amongst ground covers, but great between flagstone or pavers in shady spots. Zones 5 – 9
HIDCOTE BLUE, “Blue Flowering Ornamental Comfy” has clear blue nodding flowers that look great with yellow daffodils. It spreads by underground stolons to form a dense, weed resistant carpet of deep green foliage. Grows in most soils in zones 4 – 9
COTULA SP., “Tiffindell Gold” /Creeping Gold Buttons is a vigorous, deep rooted groundcover that grows in both dry and moist conditions, in partial or dappled shade. It develops a carpet of mosslike bright green foliage that blooms in late spring with golden button-like flowers. Accepts most soils except wet clay. Zones 5 – 10
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