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Melinda's Garden Moment: Beautiful lawns in shady areas

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Big trees and lots of shade can make it hard for grass to grow.  Melinda's Garden Moment looks into ways to make the most of your outdoor space, even if it is shady.

Consider using shade tolerant groundcovers.  Pachysandra is a traditional favorite with glossy evergreen foliage and white fragrant flowers in spring.  Try interspersing this groundcover with other shade tolerant perennials for a more informal look.

Ajuga, also known as bugleweed, has a green, bronze, or variegated leaves topped with blue flowers in spring.  Interplant with hosta to double the foliage appeal.

The quick spreading Canadian ginger is a good choice for dense shade.

Lamium is tolerant of dry shade once established.  The variegated foliage helps to brighten the shade.  The white, pink, or mauve flowers last from late spring through early summer and sporadically throughout the season.

Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.
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