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Plants for Shady Passageways

A select array of plants will breathe life into these tricky spots

Fine Gardening - Issue 169
Go ahead and green it up. A passageway is the perfect place for vertical shrubs, shade-loving vines, and woodland favorites like ferns.

The frequently used pathway along the west side of my house is shady all day. Wedged between the house and a 5-foot fence, this narrow space was once a homeland for giant cobwebs, offering little welcome for people or plants.

I simply ignored the stale gloom until I saw a lovely side passage at a friend’s house. With a wise combination of plants, she had created a sparkling green mosaic that serves as an appealing transition between her welcoming front yard and private back garden.

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