Any suggestions for flowering, perennial, "Dry Shade" plants?
Next to my patio I have a huge River Birch next to a medium size dogwood that both sucks all the nutrients out of the soil not to mention that root system is so close to the surfaace I can't dig down more than an inch or two without hitting a root. Any suggestions for a low-growing (I like to see the rest of my yard), perennial flower that will grow in such awful conditions? Thanks, Sam
Submitted by samm3047958

Hi Sam,

 

Thanks for writing. Two of my favorite perennails that tolerate dry shade are bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) and Epimedium. Both need watering the first year to become established, but after that they hold up pretty well to dry soil.

 

--Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

Answered by CostaFarms
Community Answers (2)

I am not sure what zone you are in, but I have had great luck with lenten roses (Helleborus orientalis). I live in Chicago where these plants bloom in April. They have nice, shiny, thick semi-evergreen foliage after blooming. I have also had great luck with sedges such as Carex pensylvanica. My other two favorites have that silver/green foliage that is so striking. Jack Frost Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost') and Trevi Fountain Lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain').
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