At Dancing Red, a lush shade bed

There is one tiny spot of shade at Dancing Red Ranch, and it’s taken me a lot of years to get it right. With the help of landscape designer and radio host Sheryl McLaughlin (if you don’t listen to her weekly show, you should!), I planted up a shade-, drought-, and deer-tolerant bed last year. And already it’s gorgeous!

Beneath the foundation on the north side of the house, under a magnificent Monterey Oak, is a short foundation bed between two stairways.

Below a wall that was already covered in fig ivy (Ficus pumila), I planted a palette taken from a list that Sheryl shared on “The Austin Gardener”: bicolor iris (Dietes bicolor), native columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana), inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), and black and blue salvia (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’).

Here are pictures from three and four weeks back. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to At Dancing Red, a lush shade bed

  1. Pam/Digging May 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    Shade beds can be tricky, but you found a pretty combo. Looking good!

    • Dancing Red Ranch May 17, 2016 at 8:18 am #

      The only hitch, which I’ll happily accept, is that the plants all lean away from the wall toward the available light. That leaves a bit of a gap at the back of the bed.

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