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mjkjrobinson

I love these side yards, so pretty and awesome!

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mindshift

@Joan Geiger-Dow, I am often disappointed with plant lists for eastern or northern U.S. climates. The eastern half of Texas has a humid sub-tropical climate, but the western edge of that is also subject to drought. Here is a list of shade-tolerant plants that also, in my experience, do OK in drier conditions.

No fern does well in drought, but Japanese Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) has, for me, been more tolerant. Horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis) is a ground cover that grows 6-12 inches in both sun and shade and is drought tolerant. It's moderately tolerant of foot traffic. It blooms tiny yellow daisy flowers from spring to frost. The plant is evergreen where it does not freeze. Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) is a drought tolerant, evergreen plant mostly used for borders but also suitable for a ground cover. In hot, humid climates it's better not to over water it during summer. Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifoium) is a clump-forming perennial grass with bamboo-like leaves and arching, oat-like seed heads. It prefers moist soil but does tolerate drought. Lilyturf (Liriope muscari) is also used as a border grass, but it's a perennial that has white, blue or violet flower spikes in spring. It does best in shade where it is drought tolerant. Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) grows about 3 feet tall, though it can get much taller. Some call it a shrub, but it dies back to the ground in zone 8, so I call it a perennial. It prefers moderate moisture, but is drought tolerant in part shade. It blooms in late summer.

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kjziebell

I’m in northern Illinois... Zone 5. These are some of my favorite shade plants. The white tipped one is a goats beard. The combo is blue hostas, pink astilbe and there are hydrangeas in the back.

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