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tigerstripe

05:33PM | 04/08/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
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Bvlawn
I live in Pennsylvania, and was hoping to get some suggestions for some pretty shade plants/flowers. Most of my new backyard is shaded by trees, and I want to have some colorful plants in one corner for a shade garden. Anyone have any success with any plants in particular? Perennials would be the best choice, so I don't have to fuss with planting every year! thanks so much!

david_wv

03:05AM | 04/09/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Astilbe and hosta grow in shade and have flowers. Astilbe is more colorful in bloom. Hosta has dense foliage and you can get different leaf coloring.

BobF

03:37AM | 04/09/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Don't rule out annuals for additional color. Perennials usually have a short bloom period, where annuals bloom all summer.

I'd put in some ferns and hostas for green and texture, then add some annuals such as impatiens. Plant 'em, water them a couple of times a week.

MrsD

09:52PM | 04/09/01
Member Since: 01/31/00
76 lifetime posts
I have a book called "Western Garden Book" by Sunset. Now I live in the Pacific Northwest and this book does not have central or east coast states in it. But I would be willing to bet that Sunset puts out this type of book for your area. It is absolutely wonderful for looking up EVERYTHING!!! It would give you some of the answers you are looking for. I have some Hostas, Sweet Woodruff, Astilbe, Columbine, and Bleeding Hearts in my shady area. I don't know if these would be suitable for you zone...but it's a start. Good Luck!

WallyV

12:30PM | 04/10/01
Member Since: 01/16/01
71 lifetime posts
In addition to the other great shade plants mentioned in prior post, you could use foam flower. It's similar to astilbe with the flowers. Some ferns have great foliage. Certain Irises can tolerate shade as well.

tigerstripe

06:26PM | 04/10/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
40 lifetime posts
Foam flower? I've never heard of it, but I will look for it. Thanks for the great ideas... now I have to look for some of these plants at a local greenhouse, and get digging. Keep the great ideas coming! Does anyone know if columbine can be planted in the shade? I have some seeds for columbine, and don't know if I should plant them now, or wait until fall, so they can come up next spring. thanks.

MrsD

07:47PM | 04/10/01
Member Since: 01/31/00
76 lifetime posts
In my Western Garden Book, it says Columbine can be planted in filtered shade. I don't know if it would be better to sow seeds for it in the spring or fall. I imagine you could call a local nursery supply and ask them. If you are looking for shrubs that do well in shade, Rhododendrons do absolutely wonderful in the shade! They grow naturally here and are really very pretty. They are evergreens, so they will keep their green leaves year-round. If you decide that you would like some, fertilize them after blooms have died off for better blooms the following year. They also tolerate very heavy pruning. They will get large if you let them. Good luck from Oregon!

srsc_city

05:17AM | 05/03/01
Member Since: 05/02/01
2 lifetime posts
I don't know about your yard, but you may want to also search what plants are not a favorite for deer. My hostas under my trees constantly get chewed down. I'm left planting barbary plants to thwart those pesky bottomless pits. Trying to reroute the deers grazing area. If you are in a rural setting, be aware of this problem.

Dean

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