The Q&A Archives: Outdoor Plants that thrive in shaded areas

Question: I have a hill behind my home that I would like to plant a variety of plants and whatever, what kinds of plants thrive in the shade. This area is predominately shaded only some sun gets through the large trees that border the property.

Answer: A shady garden can be a delight, especially when planted with a variety of plants. Some perennials to consider would include hosta in all its many forms and colors, ferns, astilbe, perennial geraniums and some of the wildflowers sold in nurseries such as Solomon's Seal and Jacob's Ladder. Groundcovers would include creeping myrtle, pachysandra and the various forms of English ivy. Some shrubs to consider might be azaleas, summersweet clethra and perhaps some of the viburnums. Since this sounds like a large project, you might enjoy one of the classic books on shade gardening, "The Complete Shade Gardener" by George Schenk ISBN 0-395-36564-3 as well as a basic book on gardening such as "Gardening for Dummies" by Michael MacCaskey ISBN 1-56884-644-4. Good luck with your project!

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