If you have an area on your property with dry shade and wish to grow plants there, you may quickly discover that not all
plants can thrive in these conditions. Sheena Adams discusses how she turned a dry and poorly shaded area into a beautiful bloom.
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Gord Nickel: I am here with Sheena Adams from Urban Greenery. Hi Sheena.
Gord Nickel: Now, you have got an area, which I think is quiet interesting because it is sort of a shady, dry area, which is can be a killer for any gardener. And, I am sort of wondering what you do in this is area to make it successful.
Sheena: Yes, this is a very difficult area to garden, because it is extremely dry, no water comes through the trees and stays dry all-year-around, even it winter against very little moister in the beds itself, it is filtered light, but most quite of the day it is quite dark. The soil is very poor, but of course, it is the entrance to our home so we want to dress it up a little bit. So, I went against the odds and I study, what can we do in a dry dark garden to spiff it up a bit? So, what we had come up with this small raise bed and in that the soil is full of organic matter, lots of mushroom, lots of fish compose, lots of heat moss, anything we could do to help pull the moister in and of course I have chosen along with the rocks and the wood to accent, because they do not really care if it is dry they will be just fine. I have chosen plants that can take a little bit of a dryer spot; however I do have to remember I do have to get out here every week atleast once to water.
Gord Nickel: Okay, so you have got some of these ---. Is this the kind of things is going to well in this area?
Sheena: These are going to do great in this area. I have got some grasses to accent it and then the little pot, so I chose to use simple sedums and ech-everias. The sedums all live out all around the ech-everias all taking to the glass greenhouse for the winter, but the rest can stay out all-year-round. This is a beautiful and this is cape blanco, it is very white but it does get the yellow flower in this summer. It is stunning it work low with the rock.
Gord Nickel: It looks very much like native ones that it is around on west coast.
Sheena: Yeah, and it is super easy to grow. I have chosen the grasses as well. The ech-everias and the sedums and I have interplanted with a little bit of elder berry we will see how about does. I have tried marmalade hopra hopefully that will pull through okay. Just these sort of incorporate a little texture.
Gord Nickel: So we get some actually all the way along, but I want to touch on these guys, because these are really quite something.
Sheena: Yes, this is beautiful. This is the hardy ice plant Mesembryanthemum. This is the starburst. And it is beautiful and it is hardy. It is good too I believe minus 25 comes back every year. Very succulently blooms all summer it can take this condition with the filter light, no problem.
Gord Nickel: Oh, really okay. I would naturally assume that it needed that the baking hot sun.
Sheena: It will take the baking hot sun and it will bloom a little harder there, but it does well here and the beauty of it is that it is tolerant. It does not look like would be everybody absolutely is. The sedum Angelina brightens up the foliage. I love that one. That is stunning. So, this garden has come along and I am looking for due date is going to grow.
Gord Nickel: It looks amazing and you know what I am so glad that you have given us some tips, because lots of people have this kind of condition will have no idea what is going on.
Gord Nickel has been a professional horticulturalist for almost 30 years. Taken from his popular TV show, Gord, who has been working in gardens since he was 15 years old, teaches easy, fun gardening skills.