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Hi Friends,<br><br>
As I mentioned I got a shady dirt patch in front of my apartment here in beautiful Brooklyn. It takes a beating, I gotta tell you. I'm regularly cleaning out garbage, including cigarette butts some cabbie dumps in there every few days. Yuck. Anyway...<br><br>
I'm looking for some nice shade tolerant flowers or other plants to put in there. I'm open to annuals and perennials. I have some gardening experience.<br><br>
Any suggestions from you lovely folks out there?<br><br>
Jocelyn.
 

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Where I live, violets are a very hardy fast-spreading "weed" (!) that don't mind the shade. They can grow in tough conditions, I believe. Once you get them going it's hard to stop them (LOL) so they might be perfect for you. Plus - they are edible! My kids love to eat the flowers. I don't know if you can even buy them anywhere, though. I think they are the "viola" family. Johnny-jump-ups are related, though not as prolific here as regular violets (which come in dark and light purple, magenta, and white).<br><br>
I wonder if chives would do okay in the shade? Mine thrive with very little care, and they also spread quite prolifically.<br><br>
I tried mint in a very shady spot because it's also known for spreading everywhere and smelling wonderful, but it didn't like the shade as much as I had expected. Still, mint is one of those extraordinarily hardy plants and you might have luck with it.<br><br>
I think hostas do okay in partial shade, but I am not sure about total shade. Do you get any sunlight there at all? Maybe some others will have more ideas. Ferns grow in shade as do lilies-of-the-valley, but the latter are quite poisonous. Oh, I also have mountain laurel (also poisonous) in a shady spot and it's doing well, but it does get a little filtered sun.<br><br>
Good luck!! You might want to call up a nursery or seed company and ask their opinion.
 

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Thanks Amanda,<br><br>
Yes, the spot gets a good two hours of morning sun, and then filtered shade.<br><br>
I'll check out the violets. There is actually some mint growing in a sunnier area too, come to think of it. Maybe I'll try to urge it along.<br><br>
Any ideas for larger plants?<br><br>
Jocelyn.
 

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You could try Fuchsias. They grow into a nice-sized little bush and do really well in mostly shade. I have one that only gets about 30 minutes of sunlight a day on the days that we actually get any sun.
 

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I know you're in apartments, but could you prune the tree at all to get a bit more light?? Here's some things we have grown successfully in partial shade... iris, hostas, azaleas, rhododendrons, ferns. Also, just get a bunch of mulch to at least protect the soil, because in reality, not alot grows in the shade and that's that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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in reality, not alot grows in the shade and that's that<br><br><br>
that's true.<br><br>
Yes, we have the tree, but the real culprit is the big apartment building across the street!<br><br>
Thanks to all. I like the rhodedendron idea.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> yeah, pruning the apartment building will be much harder!
 
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