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smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

May 24, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9136540

Any ideas for something that likes shade --under pines on a slight slope????

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 24, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9136563

Gout weed (aegopodium) seems to fit the bill. I had some growing in a box of beach sand, in a closet with the door closed without water. Had I not burned it, it would have broken the door down. However, when it invades your whole neighborhood and the peasants march to your front door carrying torches and pitchforks, don't come crying to me. I warned you.

Sylvain.
smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

May 24, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #9136571

LOL travels pretty good huh? Will think on that .

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9136679

Some ferns would fit the bill without incurring the wrath of your neighbors, such as Marginal Wood Fern - Dryopteris marginalis, Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides,and Sensitive Fern - Onoclea sensibilis.
smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

May 24, 2012
11:19 AM

Post #9136708

I have alot of fern growing in our woods--need to take pic and post it maybe someone could tell me if this might work.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9138674

I was going to suggest native ferns. Luciee {;^)
smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

May 25, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9138776

This is my start at least ;-)

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1alh1
Sidney, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9149745

Hostas might work for you, too, as long as you keep them well watered until they're established.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9150026

English ivy - but it will grow up your tree and every other tree in the neighborhood!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #9150079

Sensitive fern has grown very well for me and I believe its said to not need 'as much' moisture as many ferns. Sensitive fern will solidly cover an area with fronds up to a foot (or so depending on moisture I think)

That doesn't look like a 'very' wide area. I see your Columbine. I would stick with Columbine and ferns, and tell yourself that some bare ground is OK in midsummer (if it happens) because it is not worth fighting the pine tee roots when you can have ferns and spring flowers.



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smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

June 3, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9150436

Thanks Sally --I think thats what I'm going to stick with--They seem to be doing good!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9150521

Sally: How long does sensitive fern take to fill in? I have some, but it isn't at all "full" looking.

Oh -- I see it likes it moist. That would explain why it hasn't filled in for me.

This message was edited Jun 3, 2012 4:32 PM
smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

June 3, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9150567

Sally is that the name of the fern I show in pic above? I have tons of the one shown if anyone wants some for postage.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2012
3:07 PM

Post #9150570

I'm no fern expert, but I think that is not Sensitive Fern, but rather (maybe) Hay-Scented Fern (http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/52951/). Sensitive Fern has a very unique look, must softer and more delicate than typical ferns.
smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

June 3, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9150583

Yeah that does look more like it--there is a different fern in woods--will get a pic of it to
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9150761

If you really just want the hill held up, another plant to consider is cotoneaster. I'm not very fond of it, but it does that job well.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9150809

smellthis- I agree you do not have a sensitive fern there.
Here's a nice patch of Sensitive Fern
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/54897/
smellthis
Shell Lake, WI

June 3, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9151013

Okay --yes that leave isn't as thick and sturdy as what I have. And the one in my woods is a totally different one. Will try to get a pic tomorrow, it was actually a pretty one.
JCalhoun
Saraland, AL
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9238778

How about partridge berry?

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