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G6911, Reviewed April 2002

Gardening in the Shade


Most turf grasses perform best in the sun. Some cultivars of cool-season grasses such as fescues, ryegrass, and bluegrass have been selected for their tolerance to shady conditions. See G6725, Grasses in Shade, for a listing of shade tolerant turf varieties as well as suggestions for improving turf growth in the shade. Several ornamental grasses and grasslike plants perform well in the shade.

Bottlebrush grass (Hystrix patula)

Hakonegrass (Hakenochloa macra)

Maiden grass, Silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

Sedge (Carex sp)

Soft rush (Juncus effusus)

Tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia caespitosa)

Woodrush (Luzula sp)

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