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Old 06-29-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Growing food in a north facing lot

My back and south yards are south facing and will have the most of my garden but I am wondering if I can do anything up front. Not only is it north facing but there is a huge tree. We are going to cut the trees in the back yard but keep this one but trim it a little.

That is the front yard. Is it futile to grow anything up there? Like I said most of the garden won't be up there.

I found a list of shade tolerant plants but most say partial. I would try to do hazelburt, rasberries, currant and goose berry.

• Bee balm (Monarda didyma) P
• Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva, H. lilioasphodelus, H. minor) P
• Fuchsia P
• Japanese coltsfoot, aka fuki (Petasites japonicus) P
• Hardy banana (Musa basjoo) full sun to partial shade
• Hosta (Hosta lancifolia, H. montana, H. sieboldiana, H. ventricosa) P-F
• Hoja santa (Piper auritum) P
• Lovage (Levisticum officinale) P
• Ostrich fern (Matteuccia strutheopteris) P-H
• Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) P
• Sorrel, French and variegated buckler (Rumex scutatus) P-H
• Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) P
• Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) P
• Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, syn. Asperula odorata) P-H

Annuals: These will tolerate part shade.
Basil, beans, beet, borage, calendula, celeriac, celery, chard, chervil, corn salad, cress, endive, kale, lamb's quarters, lettuce, miner's lettuce, nasturtium, parsnip, peas, potato, primrose (Primula veris, P. vulgaris), pumpkin, quinoa, radish, rutabaga, salsify, spinach, squash, sweet alyssum, turnip

• Blackberry (Rubus spp.) P
• Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) P

• Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) P
• Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) P
• Hops (Humulus lupulus) P
• Poet's jasmine (Jasminum officinale 'Affinis') P
• Silver vine (Actinidia polygama) P

• Hardy clumpers (Fargesia): Most need afternoon shade.

• American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) P
• Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) P
• Fig (Ficus carica) P for vegetation only, full sun needed for fruit
• Filbert/hazelnut (Corylus avellana, C. maxima) P
• Japanese pepper (Zanthoxylum piperitum) P
• Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) P-H
• Pie cherry (Prunus cerasus) P
• Prickly ash (Zanthoxylum simulans) P
• Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) P
• Sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) P
• Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia; A. melanocarpa 'Nero,' 'Viking') P-H
• Currant (Ribes cereum, R. lacustre, R. nigrum, R. odoratum, R. sanguineum) P
• Gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum) P
• Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) P
• Highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum 'Phillips,' 'Wentworth') P-H
• Mountain huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum) P
• Red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) P-H
• Rugosa roses and their hybrids, some P; see Heirloom Roses catalog (503-538-1576,
• Salal (Gaultheria shallon) P-F
Ground covers:
• Alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens') P-H
• Labrador violet (Viola labradorica) P
• Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea var. minus) P filtered
• Mints (Mentha spp.) P -- CAUTION: very invasive
• Musk strawberry (Fragaria moschata) P
• Oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa, M. aquifolium) P-F
• Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana) P
• Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) P-F

PLANTS THAT PREFER SHADE (need shade to thrive)
• 'Arctic Beauty' kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta) P-F
• Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) P-F
• Japanese wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius): No direct sun


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