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Shade Tolerance Trials

The first two columns of this table are based on actual test results (any plants scoring an average of 7 or more were accepted as of good quality under these conditions).

Best Plants for various shaded conditions.

Light shade as an understorey in very dry conditions.
Based on this test.
Moderate heavy shade as un understorey in very dry conditions. Eg, a small amount of filtered sun.
Based on this test
Very heavy shade. Eg, dark area between two buildings.
This column is based on real world evidence and not this trial.
Little Becca Liriope Just Right Liriope Just Right
Breeze Tasred Amethyst (Liriope)
King Alfred Emerald Arch Isabella (Liriope)
Katrinus Deluxe Breeze Tasred
Cassa Blue Nyalla Emerald Arch
Becca Little Becca Katie Belles
Savanna Blue Katrinus Deluxe  
Nyalla Katrinus  
Liriope Just Right Silver Edge  
Katrinus Wingarra  
Wingarra King Alfred  
Big Rev TropicBelle  
Tasred Liriope Just Right  
Cassica Tasred  
TropicBelle Emerald Arch  
Poa Eskdale Breeze  
Kingsdale    
Baby Bliss    

The actual data gathered in this experiment helped mainly with dry shade, from moderate, to moderately heavy. However, by combining this data with real world observations a more reliable estimate can be made of plants shade tolerance for further scenarios, including heavy shade, and moderately heavy shade with adequate water, and shaded areas that often get wet.

 

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