The Q&A Archives: Shady Garden

Question: What are the best flowers to grow for a shady area, both annual and perennial?

Answer: Here's a partial listing of plants that will grow well in shady conditions: Acanthus, Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle), Anemone (Windflower), Columbine, Wild Ginger, Astilbe, Begonia, Campanula, Clivia (Kaffir Lily), Cyclamen, Ferns, Falium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff), Hellebore, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Hosta, Impatiens, Lamium (Dead Nettle), Lobelia, Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Solomon's Seal, Primrose, Trillium and Pansy. Be sure to amend the soil with organic matter prior to planting. Compost, leaf mold or peat moss will help loosen the soil and provide good drainage for your shade garden.

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