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Sblac2
Spring, TX

April 3, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9470844

What herbs and flowering plants grow well under loblolly pines? (North Houston, TX)

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themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9482371

Depends on the amount of light/number of trees in the area.

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/Volume_1/pinus/taeda.htm
"There is a great variety of lesser vegetation found in association with loblolly pine. Some common understory trees and shrubs include flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), American holly (Ilex opaca), inkberry (I. glabra), yaupon (I. vomitoria), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), southern bayberry (Myrica cerifera), pepperbush (Clethra spp.), sumac (Rhus spp.), and a number of ericaceous shrubs. Some common herbaceous species include bluestems (Andropogon spp.), panicums (Panicum spp.), sedges (Carex spp. and Cyperus spp.), and fennels (Eupatorium spp.)."

If the shade is not too dense, perhaps azaleas, coleus, indigofera
Sblac2
Spring, TX

April 15, 2013
9:53 AM

Post #9484877

Thank you.

Back yard - Dense shade from morning to noon. It is basically a wall of 30-50 ft tall Loblolly Pines directly behind my back fence (North-East).

Front yard - Dense shade until late afternoon (all large pines)

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9484906

Hi. Here are some links offering flowering shade perennials. I do not know anything about the companies, but you can surely find many of them locally. Also, azaleas and hostas and Heucheras bring color to shady areas

http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/heucheras-bring-burst-of-color-to-shady-areas/article_d909a638-5f1a-11e1-847e-001871e3ce6c.html

http://www.greatgardenplants.com/?pageId=23&sourceCode=GoogleC10Ad1&gclid=CPuBwe2VzbYCFQnznAodnHgA5Q

http://www.brighterblooms.com/category/shade-loving-shrubs/

http://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/color-plants-for-shade-00418000068284/

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