Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Joining the Dark Side
Alas, 'tis true. I've turned - from focusing on the sun-baked bowl of my back yard to the dappled, partial shade zone that is the side yard. Previously drenched in ivy, we've removed that - leaving behind some camellias and wild blackberries. One area - big enough for two trees - is fairly sunny. Not hot mind you, but a steady-ish stream of sun. The hydrangeas that used to occupy this zone were often sunburnt and wilting. The rest is partial shade.
What is an edible gardening, wildlife attracting jedi to do?
I plan to put in a couple of fruit trees in the sunnier spot. One persimmon, which I've read are shade tolerant and one what? According to this month's Urban Farm, pears and apples can produce in a half day of sun but I've already got two of each up on the sunny back 40. What about a plum? Urban Farm says maybe.
For shrubs, I intend to put in some currants and maybe an elderberry. I'll also cultivate the berries that remain and might put in a few oakleaf hydrangeas - just because I love them! But it would be nice to have something busy, something that the birds can hang out in and something pretty as our family room and living room windows look out on this planting strip.
Ground level might have some strawberries, yarrow, and what?!?
I'm looking for perennials mostly, stuff with not a lot of upkeep but that is useful for either wildlife habitat, attractive or productive in an edible sense. I'm live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Any ideas for this newly-minted shade trooper?
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