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Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 11, 2007
8:17 AM

Post #3378387

Hello all! I have a shady area in my yard where the soil is poor at best. Filled with stones, broken glass and pottery, tree roots, what have you. The ground is undulating, with the depression being about 2 feet deep at it's deepest.

I would love to have a rock garden in that area, but I really have to confess, I don' t know the first thing about them. What are some general requirements? Sun/shade? Water requirements? Soil? It looks like such a wasteland

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This message was edited Apr 11, 2007 8:18 AM
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2007
4:14 PM

Post #3380139

With shade, rocks, and tree roots, I think your best bet would be woodland plants. Heuchera (Coral Bells) and ferns, for example. Maybe Epimedium. Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle). Violas. Hardy Cyclamen, if you have reliable snow cover. Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris). Pulmonaria (Lungwort).
Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal). Trillium. That's all I can think of on the spur of the moment, but there's lots more that would be hardy in your Zone.
Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 12, 2007
1:08 AM

Post #3381855

Great idea, June. I already have some trillium I could put there. Might be able to get my hands on some ferns!

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