The Q&A Archives: Shade Tolerant Plants

Question: What sort of flowering plants would you recommend for a very shady, north facing side of my house? It gets some light, but no direct sun.

Answer: There are a number of groundcovers, perennials and shrubs that will adapt to growing in the conditions you describe.<br><br>Brunfelsia pauciflora is a shrub with clusters of violet flowers with yellow centers. Camellia's - many varieties - love shadeand come in lots of colors. Daphne odora (Winter daphne) has tiny fragrant blooms in December and January.<br><br>Groundcovers include Pachysandra (yellow flowers), Trachelospermum (Star Jasmine) with fragrant white flowers, and Vinca minor (Periwinkle) that blooms abundantly from spring through fall. Colors are either white or purple.<br><br>Perennials - Campanula in shades of blue, purple, white or pink, impatiens (same color choices), saxifraga, Asian lilies, and pansies.

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