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What is the best bang for my buck with front flower beds that get practically no sunlight?

I am trying to dress up the front yard and we have tried growing mint in the front yard but it didn't get enough sunlight and the soil quality was poor. Now we have improved the soil quality but it is still an area that doesn't get a lot of sun due to the overhang of the house and a big tree. Any suggestions?

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dakotafriend

Asked by dakotafriend at 10:47 PM on Mar. 14, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • Hostas, Impatients, lots of things, go to your local garden center and head for their shade plant area.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 10:52 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Wax begonia, Amethyst flower, Flame Nettle, Patience plant, Monkey flower, Pansy, Forget-me-nots
    mommy_jules

    Answer by mommy_jules at 10:54 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Hostas are great for dark spaces! We have a huge one that grows under our porch every summer.
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 10:58 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • IDK but surely here is a bump.....
    AnuMeha

    Answer by AnuMeha at 11:37 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Hostas are one of the best plants you can have for shady areas. They can start out small, but after you have had them a couple years, you can split the plants to make even more plants. Just take a shovel and split the plant in half or thirds and then plant each part in a new area. This is also a great way to keep your plants more compact, as hostas do have a tendency to get rather large. We have done this many, many times and now we have a whole shade garden of hostas that have been started from just a few base plants! Talk about cost effective!
    ZBandMom

    Answer by ZBandMom at 11:49 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Thank you everyone for your feedback! Hostas it is!
    dakotafriend

    Comment by dakotafriend (original poster) at 6:19 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • Good luck....And Hostas are great because they do bloom and the variety is amazing. You can find them with all dark leaves, variegated leaves that have white, lime green, etc. variegating. They come in giant leaves, miniature varieties, "normal" leaves, etc.

    Head to a good local garden center for more variety than you'll typically find at Wal-Mart, Lowes or Home Depot.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 7:51 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • Impatients require low light
    Amanda11810

    Answer by Amanda11810 at 2:59 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

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