Bulbs for Shade

Lin barkingdogwoods@gmail.com
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:47:10 PDT
I find that Rhodophiala bifida does well in shade here in north east Texas
(zone 8a).

Also regarding narcissus - here in Texas I plant almost all of my narcissus
under deciduous trees - they get enough winter sun for foliage to restore
the bulb for the next year, and aren't subject to our blazing sun. Tall
bearded iris also do well under deciduous trees, as their rhizomes
appreciate protection from scalding sun.

One that's not mentioned that I absolutely love in partial to mostly shade
is various Canna - indica, 'Cleopatra', 'Pretoria', etc. 

Lin Grado

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On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
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Subject: [pbs] Bulbs for Shade


I've added a series of pages to the wiki taken from suggestions given by
members of the pbs list for bulbs that members have found do well growing in
the shade. We had a Topic of the Week for this in 2003, but I've included
suggestions from other threads on the subject. If anyone wants to suggest
additional species or genera that do well for them growing in the shade that
were not included feel free to suggest them and I'll add them time

One of the things that struck me when working on this was how much it
depended on where you lived. A number of people suggested Narcissus for
instance and that surprised me since this genus does best where I live in
the full sun and most of the ones I've planted in my mostly shady  garden I
never see blooming. But a number of species and cultivars people in my
location have planted in full sun seem to do really well. My winters can be
wet and dark and perhaps people with dryer sunnier winters can get away with
planting them in more shade. 
And it's important to point out that what is considered to be shade varies
and some things may grow well in sun or shade.

At the time of the Topic of the Week Boyce Tankersley listed favorites from
the different places he lived and that made a lot of sense since he had
lived in dramatically different climates.

I hope you will find these pages useful. The different choices can be found
from the index page.


Mary Sue

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