Especially if you live in the desert Southwest. Why is this, you may ask?
Well, it can be hard to find plants that can handle the intense, dry heat of our climate while flourishing in the shade.
So, what do you do if you have a shady spot to fill?
Yellow Dot (Wedolia trilobata) is a vining ground cover with lush, dark green leaves interspersed with yellow daisy-like flowers.
Here is a plant that does fabulously in dark shade and will even handle full sun (although in my experience, it doesn't handle areas with bright sun and reflected heat. Yellow Dot looks best in filtered sun to shady conditions).
It grows quickly to 1 ft. high and 4 - 6 ft. wide. Hardy to 30 degrees, it is susceptible to frost damage, which can be easily pruned back in spring.
I like that Yellow Dot has long bloom period - spring through fall.
It grows beautifully underneath trees, along pathways and among boulders. Just be sure to allow enough room for them to spread.
So, if you have a difficult shady spot that needs a plant - try Yellow Dot.
How about you? Do you have a favorite plant that does well in shady spots? I'd love to hear about them!