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Covering the Ground... What to do in the shade?

Ground Cover Low Light Areas

Shade seems to be one of the most challenging situations to address in a landscape. Several homeowners battle with declining grass created from large shade trees in both front and backyards. Several solutions offer a lush landscape in low light areas with the use of the right plant material.

6 Plants That Offer A Low Light Solutions for Shade that we love...

  • Asian Jasmine Asian jasmine grows in the wild in Korea and Japan and grows as a ground cover in the United States. It covers your backyard or the wall of your garage rapidly and survives cooler weather better than many other jasmines.

  • Mondo Grass Mondo grass is also known as monkey grass. It is an evergreen perennial ground cover that flourishes in the shade.

  • Ajuga Ajuga is a ground cover spread through runners, and as a member of the mint family.

  • Liriope Liriope Liriope Liriope is a ground cover that produces purple flowers once a year and needs to be occasionally cut back to flush out new growth.

  • Ardisia Ardisia is a ground cover spread through runners but offers a little taller and leafier look.

  • Cast Iron Cast Iron is in the ground cover family and offers an option if you need something with a little more height 16-24" tall or so.

Regardless of which plant material you select to create a lush garden in the shade, the results will be worth the effort.

Shade Tolerant Grasses

There are many varieties of grasses. Not all types are available in New Orleans and even fewer tend to do really well in our climate and even fewer in the shade. The most popular warm-season grasses are: Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, Centipede and (cough cough) Synthetic Turf. The Garden Gates Landscape Company uses Emerald Zoysia, Palmetto St Augustine and Synthetic Turf almost exclusively for shady areas. These two types of grasses will fair ok in the shade, however, the only real solution we have found for grass in shady spots though is to do the synthetic turf. Interested in learning more about our landscape services?

To schedule an appointment today, call 504- 608-4606 today.

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