So, I'm zone 8b, I have a majorly shaded area in the front yard anchored by 2 large live oaks. As the trees grow, I have more and more shade. There is a sprinkler system but 2 years ago, I moved to total organics (I am 300 feet from Lake Conroe, a water supply for the city of Houston) and between the dramatic switch from synthetic NPK and the additional growth of the oaks, I am loosing lawn. I have the idea of
using the hydreangea petiolaris - first planting next to the oaks, to climb upward but also letting some of them go ground level as ground cover. "eh? Think this will work? I have put major effort into improving the soil over the last several years. I could rock off the area before the trees and the house as this area has a graduated slope so could amend the soil even more. So, if this could work, with an acid soil,
what amendments would I need to look at with this heat and humidity to make this work?