why mediterranean in lower case? 
 


What to plant in dry shade is often a question for gardeners in mediterranean climates. Our preconceived ideas of a shady garden usually includes moist soil and a mossy, ferny, damp effect - not always possible in our arid zone. But there are many plants that have adapted to the shade of taller species, that are not only required to deal with summer drought but also competition from the extensive root systems of their larger couterparts. Here is a list of good choices - let us know if you'd like to suggest more!



Echeveria elegans


Gambelia speciosa


Lunaria annua 'Variegata'


Pericallis ×hybrida


Symphoricarpus sp.

Anemone hupehensis


Clivia miniata


Epimedium radicans


Homalocladium platycladum


Kerria japonica - Japanese rose


Phaiophelps nigricans


Viola riviniana 'Purpurea'

plants by cultural needs/tolerances

dry shade



Acanthus mollis   bear's breech

A. spinosissimus

Aechmea sp.

Anemone hupehensis var. japonica   Japanese anemone

Anomatheca cruenta) — see Freesia laxa

Artemisia stellerana   beach wormwood, dusty miller

Arum italicum   lords and ladies, cookoo pint

Asparagus asparagoides — see Myrsiphyllum asparagoides

A. densiflorus — see Protoasparagus densiflorus

Aspidistra elatior   cast iron plant

Aucuba japonica

Begonia evansii

Bergenia   (various)

Billbergia nutans   queen's tears

Calycanthus occidentalis   western spice buch

Camellia japonica   camellia

Cantua buxifolia

Carex tumulicola

Carpenteria californica   bush anemone, carpenteria

Cheilanthus hirta   South African lip fern

Chlorophytum comosum   spider plant, South African hens and chicks

C. comosum 'Golden Glow'   (subtly variegated)

C. comosum 'Variegatum'   (margined in cream)

C. comosum 'Vittatum'   (central white stripe)

Clivia miniata   bush lily, fire lily, clivia

C. nobilis

Collinsia heterophylla (bicolor)   Chinese houses

Coprosma kirkii

C. repens   mirror bush

Cordyline banksii   forest cabbage tree

C. indivisa   blue dracaena

C. stricta

Crassula multicava   fairy crassula

Crinum moorei   crinum lily

Cyclamen hederifolium

Danaë racemosa   Alexandrian laurel, poet's laurel

Daphne ordora

Dianella sp.

Diplacus sp. & hybrids   California monkeyflower

Dizygotheca elegantissima   thread-leaf false aralia

Echeveria   (various) - hens & chicks

Echium pininana   tower of jewels

Endymion hispanicus — see Hyacinthoides hispanica

Epidendrum radicans   reed-stemmed orchids

Euonymus fortunei (E. radicans acuta) (various forms)

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae   wood spurge

×Fatshedera lizei   (Hedera × Fatsia)

Fatsia Japonica   Japanese aralia

Ficus pumila (repens)   creeping fig

Francoa ramosa   maiden's wreath

Freesia laxa

Galium odoratum   sweet woodruff

Galvezia speciosa — see Gambelia speciosa

Gambelia speciosa   Catalina Island bush snapdragon

Garrya elliptica   coast silktassel

Gasteria   (various)

Geranium canariense

G. macrorrhizum

G. maderense

G. palmatum

Gladiolus laxa — see Freesia laxa

Griselinia littoralis

G. lucida

Gnaphalium lanatum — see Helichrysum petiolare

Hedera helix   (various) - English ivy

Helichrysum petiolare

Helleborus   (various) - Christmas rose

Heuchera   (various) - coral bells

Holodiscus discolor   cream bush, ocean spray

Homalocladium platycladum   ribbon bush, tapeworm plant, centipede plant

Hyacinthoides hispanica   wood hyacinth, Spanish bluebell

Hydrangea quercifolia   oakleaf hydrangea

Iris fœtidissima   gladwin iris

I. japonica

I. 'Pacific coast hybrids'

Kerria japonica   Japanese rose

Lapeirousia cruenta — see Freesia laxa

Lamiastrum galeobdolan 'Variegatum' - yellow archangel

Laurus nobilis   bay tree

Ledebouria socialis (Scilla violacea)   silver squill

Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'

Liriope   (various) - lily turf

Lithocarpus densiflorus   tanbark oak

Lunaria annua   honesty, money plant

L. annua var. albiflora

L. annua var. albiflora 'Variegata'

L. annua 'Variegata'

Mahonia   (various) - oregon grape

Melissa officinalis   lemon balm, sweet balm

Myrsiphyllum asparagoides   Cape smilax, baby smilax

Myrtus communis   true myrtle

Nandina domestica   heavenly bamboo, nandina

Nephrolepis cordifolia   southern sword fern

Ochna serrulata   bird's-eye bush, mickey mouse plant

Ophiopogon   (various) - lily turf

Osmanthus delavayi

Oxalis oregana   wood sorrel

Pelargonium tomentosum   peppermint-scented geranium

Pellæa calomelanos   South African blue rock fern

Pericallis ×hybrida   cineraria

Phaiophelps nigricans

Philodendron selloum

Plectranthus sp.

Protoasparagus densiflorus   asparagus fern, emerald fern

P. densiflorus 'Meyersii'   foxtail Fern, cat-tail asparagus

P. plumosus   asparagus fern

Ribes viburnifolium   Catalina perfume, evergreen currant

Roldana petasitis   California geranium

Rumohra adiantiformis   leatherleaf fern

Ruscus aculeatus   butcher's broom

R. hypoglossum   butcher's broom

Salvia   (various)

Salvia discolor   black-flowered sage

Sarcococca ruscifolia

Scilla campanulata — see Hyacinthoides hispanica

S. hispanica — see Hyacinthoides hispanica

S. socialis — see Ledebouria socialis

S. violacea — see Ledebouria socialis

Siphonosmanthus delavayi — see Osmanthus delavayi

Sisyrinchium striatum — see Phaiophelps nigricans

Sparrmannia africana   Cape stock-rose, African linden

Strelitzia nicolai   bird-of-paradise Tree

Symphoricarpos   (various) - snowberry

Symphytum grandiflorum   creeping comfrey

Tiarella   (various) - foam flower

Tolmiea menziesii   piggy-back plant

Trillium   (various)

Umbellularia californica   California bay tree

Viola labradorica — see riviniana

V. ordorata   sweet violet

V. riviniana   dog violet

Zantedeschia æthiopica   calla lily