The Q&A Archives: Summer Shade, Spring Sun

Question: I have a silk tree in my front yard that provides summer/fall shade and then sun in winter/spring when it is without its leave Which flowering annuals, perennias, bulbs and shrubs can live/thrive under these changing seasons?

Answer: The site you describe should be considered a shady one. Because the silk tree leaves are finely textured, the area probably receives filtered sun/shade. Plants that thrive under these conditions include Abutilon (flowering maple), Aucuba, Enkianthus, Euonymus, Fuchsia, Gardenia, Leucothoe, Azalea, Acanthus, Aquilegia (columbine), Asarum (wild ginger), Begonia, Caladium, Campanula, Coleus, Dicentra (bleeding heart), Ferns, Helleborus, Impatiens, Lilium, Lobelia, Myosotis (forget-me-not), Oxalis, Saxifrage, Vinca and Viola (pansy). There are many, many others, but the above list should provide seasonal color under your silk tree.

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