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Location: Los Angeles
Posted: Feb/25/2009 12:16 PM PST
I am moving into a condo in Culver City CA (90230) with a patio with an approximate 4' x 6' area where I had hoped to have a lovely vegetable garden and some citrus trees.
To my disappointment, I realized the reason there's nothing but rocks over soil there now may be because of the seemingly FULL SHADE of the tall towering 35-year old mature trees that offer such nice privacy.
Thus, is there ANY PRODUCE that will do well in FULL SHADE?
I believe I MIGHT have afternoon partial sun (and that's hotter than morning sun, so maybe that’ll be my saving grace), plus, I am in Southern California and there’s plenty of warmth and reflected light…so…what do you think? Is there a prayer I can plant anything edible that'll thrive there? I thought maybe lettuce, 'cause it's cold weather or root vegetables 'cause they're under the earth - but they still need some SUN! Haven't lived there yet, so maybe there's more sun than I realize.
There’s also a nice foot deep border that arches all around some hardscape where I had wanted to put some color.
What are the FULL or PARTIAL SHADE plants and flowers that you might recommend for my zip code? (Azaleas, Camellias, Ferns, Gardenias, Impatiens, cyclamen, Begonias?)
Any other ideas?
Or other resources?
Wanna Be Green Thumb,
Location: Westlake, La
Posted: Mar/03/2009 5:53 AM PST
Leafy green vegetables will survive in partial sun (lettuce, kale, even broccoli), maybe some snap beans, but you will still need 3-4 hours of sun even if they get bright light. The plants you have mentioned are all good ones for shade.