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Evergreens for the Shade

New foliage of Japanese Plum Yew Photo credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS

Trying to grow turfgrass in shaded areas is a losing battle but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for mulch in those dark areas of the landscape.  There are many plants that will tolerate shady conditions found under the canopy of large trees, and some offer year round interest!

One of the most important aspects of site assessment is sun exposure. Plants need light, but do not all need the same amount or intensity.

If plants requiring full sun are planted in the shade, they tend to get leggy and do not flower well.  Although they may live, they will not perform at their peak.

Shade loving plants grown in the sun may be stunted, show leaf scorch, and will struggle.  Most shade plants can tolerate some filtered light or morning sun, but need to be protected from direct mid-day to afternoon sun.

So, what evergreen plants can add some color and texture to your shaded spots?

Golden tones of new foliage is what gives Autumn Fern its common name

Golden tones of new foliage is what gives Autumn Fern its common name. Photo credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS

Cast Iron Plants under a live oak tree

Cast Iron Plants under a live oak tree. Photo credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS

Japanese Plum Yew

Japanese Plum Yew. Photo credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS

Soft Caress Mahonia

Soft Caress Mahonia.  Photo Credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS

 

 

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Author: Julie McConnell – juliebmcconnell@ufl.edu

UF/IFAS Bay County Horticulture Extension Agent I

Julie McConnell

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