Outdoor Plants

My husband and I have a summer place where we go most weekends during April - September. What types of plants grow well without a lot of watering and attention. There are quite a few trees, so there is also a lot of shade. We have found that mint works well, but are looking for other options to add.
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I've got dry shade at my summer place at Lake of the Ozarks, as well, and I'll tell you what works for me. First, I keep plantings to a minimum so there's little maintenance. Then here's a list of plants that will do well in dry shade: Yew (Taxus species), daylilies (Hemerocallis), Cranesbill Geranium (G. sanguineum), Epimedium, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra), Deadnettle (Lamium), Pachysandra, and Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis). All of these will fare well on their own once they're established. When planting a new shrub or tree, I use a 5-gallon bucket with a tiny hole drilled in it to soak the ground deeply. Then I tuck the buckets away before we leave for the weekend.


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