Once you have some nice shade trees installed you’ll probably find yourself with a little extra money saved up from your electricity bills. You might also find yourself with a couple of brown spots between your trees and your house. “Well, I guess that’s the cost of lower electricity bills,” you might think. But don’t think like that; there are plenty of plants that thrive in low sun.
Some people actually design entire gardens based on using plants which thrive in the shade. Most turf grasses require lots of sun, so it shouldn’t be too surprising if your grass begins to thin out. If you’re looking for turf, however, St. Augustine is one of the most shade tolerant varieties in our area and will have no problem reclaiming spaces from other less hearty grasses; so long as it gets the water it needs.
If you’re thinking more along the lines of groundcover to fill the flower beds around your house, take a look at some liriope. This plant closely resembles monkey or mondo grass, however it produces lilac covered flowers. The variegated liriope variety “Silver Dragon” doesn’t clump like monkey grass and will fill in any area.
If you want to add a little extra pop to your shade garden, think about adding some caladium. These annuals come as bulbs and offer a wide range of colors ranging from white to a pinkish red.
Then there’s the old groundcover standby known as Asian jasmine. This dense, fast growing groundcover is ideal for large spaces as it grows extremely fast. This is a fairly drought-tolerant plant which loves full shade; exactly what we’re looking for in a shady Texas garden!
If you need any help selecting plants, shade trees or designing your very own shade garden, give the experts at Complete Landsculpture a call!
By: Wylee Wooldridge