Shade Plants for Central Texas
Shade in Central Texas used to be a real challenge for me. I was always a sun garden girl and I love the diverse collection of colors and shapes you can use in the full sun, Xeriscape garden. However, as I took on more challenging gardens with filtered light and deep shade, I became more delighted by the opportunities. While you may not have the color palette you have in sun, you have a really cool variation in shades of green, variegated and textured leaves to work with.
Creating drama with natural elements like river rock or a dry creek bed can lighten and define a shade garden. Be sure to include variegated plants and assorted shades of green.
In the space above I show how I have used similarly shaped (mounding) plants with contrasting foliage but most have long leaves with varying widths to tie in a collection of assorted colors.
In this photo (above) I am showing how I have used an assortment of textures to play with the limited light that comes through the trees. Even the slightest breeze creates movement as well. All excellent ways to create drama without the benefit of bright color.
Finally, I want to share some of my favorite shade plants though the list is too long to include here so for more photos and information head to my Facebook page here.
List of additional shade to part sun plants:
Nolina Grass, Cedar Sedge, Oxolis, pigeonberry, TX Aster, Dwarf Ruellia, Tropical Saliva, Holly Fern, Umbrella Plant, White and Blue Mistflower, Rock Rose Pavonia, Elbow Bush, Mock Orange, Buckeye, Sumac and so much more.
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