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Plants for the North Side of the House

Information from Colorado State University Cooperative Extension

Shady spots on the north side of your home can present problems. What can you plant there? Consider English ivy. This popular evergreen vine, grown along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, however, will need some protection from Colorado's northwest winter winds. Caution: Don't plant ivy to climb on a wooden structure. As it "climbs" the structure's walls, it puts out small aerial roots that cling. It's difficult to remove the ivy when the building needs maintenance. This problem is eliminated if the ivy climbs on brick or concrete structures that don't need regular maintenance. Other plant possibilities include Oregon grape-holly (mahonia), redtwig dogwood, Nannyberry viburnum, violas, impatiens, bleeding-heart, coral bells, sweet woodruff, periwinkle, evergreen forms of euonymus and teucrium.

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