Shady old tree back yard

Asked April 2, 2017, 8:14 AM EDT

We have beautiful back yard, backs into woods, slopes, maybe 10 old trees. The lower third has some azaleas, lots of paca. We had someone come into plant shade plants 4 years ago but most have run down the slope. I started to plant more paca to hold the soil but I know it's not native. Any suggestions. Some of soil is wonderful dark compost, some is just clay. We live off of providence rd north of beltway. THANK YOU!

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Below are some plant selections. Plan on watering for about two years during dry periods until the root systems are established. Some suggestions include native ferns; especially hay scented, Christmas fern and sensitive fern, alleghany pachysandra (native), Canadian ginger, Pa sedge, phlox stolonifera, and tiarella.
Look at the links below for more choices.

Our Native Plant publication
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG120_Native_Plants%...

and an excellent native plant resource http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/pdf
/chesapeakenatives.pdf

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