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Beyond Hostas: A Variety Of Plants Grow In Shade

Irene Davila
Groundcovers are much different than grass, but they're the type of plants you can grow in a shaded area to avoid a blank muddy patch in your lawn.

What if you have a shady spot in your lawn and you don’t want to plant hostas?

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University Extension and DNR Forester Mark Vitosh to talk about a wide variety of shade tolerant plants.


  • Cindy Haynes, associate professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University
  • Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialist
  • Mark Vitosh, DNR Forester


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Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa