Texas Perennials for Shaded Areas
Dwarf UmbrellaCyperus alternafolius
Mondo / Monkey GrassOphiopogon japonicus
Pink Echinacea flowers
Texas AstorAster texanus
Holly FernCytomium falcatum
Inland Sea OatsChasmanthium latifolium
Mexican Turk's CapMalvaviscus arboreus
White Wood SorrelOxalis spp
Bear GrassNolina nelsonii
It is no secret that Texas can get hot in the summer, therefore has plenty of sun to go around. What if you have tall shade trees in your yard or part of yard doesn’t get very much sun? Many plants require at least partial sun to flourish and sustain growth. The conundrum is that having shaded areas in your yard is essential for a relaxing outside during the summer heat.
How to grow lovely flowers and decorative plants for shaded areas in Texas? The answer is growing perennials for shade and limited sun areas.
Perennials Plants for Shaded Areas
List of the many perennial plants the can grow in partial to full shade:
*Mesic are plants which require well prepared soil, good drainage and moderate to high levels of moisture.
**Xeric plants are adapted to poor soils and lower levels of water.
- Ajuga (Ajuga reptans) — 3-6″, perennial ground cover with purple leaves, and blooms
- Cast Iron Plant”,mesic, grows slowly, evergreen. Chamomile (Chamaemelum spp.) — Annual herb, mesic, pm shade, bloom used for tea
- Frog Fruit (Phyla nodiflora) — Low growing ground cover 3’4″, xeric, blooms
- Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) — evergreen, mesic. Good for containers.
- Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) — Perennial native grass. Good for erosion control. Wet or dry, sun or shade, this is a hardy plant. Remove seeds to control spread.
- Monkeygrass or Mondograss (Ophiopogon japonicus) —xeric, low-growing groundcover. Avoid the dwarf form,
not adapted to alkaline soils.
- Nolina or Beargrass (Nolina nelsonii) — Grass like foliage, xeric, OK in deep shade, good for slopes,
- Oxalis, Wood Sorrel (Oxalis spp.) — Blooms, xeric or mesic, invasive.
- Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana and J. tomentosa) – xeric, blooms, very hardy. Deer resistant.
Spiderlily (Hymenocallis spp.) — Afternoon shade, blooms, mesic.
- Texas Aster (Aster texanus) — Fall blooms, tall when blooming, xeric. Cut blooms to control seeds.
- Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea) — red, white, pink or coral, freely self-sows. xeric.
- Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) — 4-5 ft. Blooms, seeds for wildlife. Deciduous.
- Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternafolius) — Bog or wet areas, tops may freeze. Invasive.
Many of these plants can be place in pots and relocated to suit your needs. Placed near the patio or under a pergola. Many times these are used to accent a back porch or outdoor kitchen. Each landscape is different and requires a little planning and strategic placement to maximize your plants growth success. If all else fails you can calla reliable landscaping company to assist your landscaping and gardening needs.
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Published on March 31st, 2018
Updated on April 30th, 2018