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Hi Kris! I live in a mostly dry, hit summer zone — but my planting area gets more shade than sun. You thoughts on what to plant – flowers and herbs?

Specifically, coastal Georgia


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  1. Having more shade than sun is a good thing given your dry, hot summers. You have a lot of options! If you're interested in plants that can tolerate part shade and withstand some drought once they're established, attractive options include hostas, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), hardy geraniums, hellebore (some species), and carex (some species). Plants/flowers that tolerate or thrive in part shade to more full shade but require regular moisture include beauty bush, solomon's seal, bleeding heart, columbine, and hydrangea. Culinary herbs to grow in part shade are chamomile, chervil, chives, cilantro, ginger, parsley, lemon balm, lemon grass and French tarragon, but they also require regular moisture. A good 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch will reduce water needs to a degree. Happy planting!

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