Monday, August 13, 2012

Made in the Shade...

It may surprise you to find that it is easier to find plants that thrive in the sun then in the shade.

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!

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4 comments:

A Daughter of the King said...

ooooh...I'll have to try it. My back garden is getting so shady in the summer that I've even been able to keep my geraniums hanging on. But I am partial to yellow...so I will look for these. Thanks for the tip.

Nicole said...

I have seen this plant but never knew the name. A I remember there was a wild variety when I was a child.

Nicole said...

I have seen this plant but never knew the name. A I remember there was a wild variety when I was a child.

islandgal246 said...

That yellow dot grows wild in my garden so I am using it as a ground cover around and under my trees. It even grows in the grassy areas of my field where it gets lots of sun. It is also used as a herb tea for chest colds.

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