The Peninsula's king of indigenous shade gardening is Kirstenbosch's Ernst van Jaarsveld.
For decades, he
has advised gardeners which indigenous, and even endemic, plants are suited to dry, shady areas and narrow alleyways that never see the sun.
"Dry shade is probably the most common problem, and is usually found beneath trees and shrubs," he
"By choosing local indigenous plants to suit this situation, rather than battle against it, you will greatly reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep your garden thriving.
And you will be working in harmony with nature, which means you will also make your garden more attractive to wildlife."
One of the causes of dry conditions beneath trees is root competition between plants' roots and trees' surface roots.
says: "Plants adapted to dry shade often feature large, leathery or succulent leaves, while smaller, ground-covering plants have fleshy roots or bulb scales."