The Q&A Archives: Planting Perennials In The Shade

Question: I have a shaded area in the front of our house that I would like to plant in perennials. This area is shaded at all times of the day due to the house eaves. Is there a flowering or non-flowering perennial that would thrive in such an area?

Answer: Absolutely!! You could say there are more than you could "shake a stick at"! You can really afford to be a little choosy, as there are many flowering and non-flowering varieties. You are in zone 6 and there are many plants that will thrive there. Consider the following flowering perennials: Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle), Astilbe (Meadowsweet), Anemone, Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Campanula (Bellflower), Chrysogonum (Goldenstar), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Cimicfuga (Bugbane), Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie), Helleborus (Christmas Rose), Hemerocallis (Day Lily), Heuchera (Coralbells), Siberian Iris, Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells), Polygonatum (Great Solomon's Seal), Primula (Primrose), Trillium Grandiflorum (Wakerobin), Lysimachia (Gooseneck Loosestrife), and Pulmonaria (Lungwort). You can also try many, many varieties of Hosta. Groundcovers such as Ajuga, Pachysandra, and European Ginger would also be suitable. Let us know if you need sources for anything. These plants are all pretty readily available.

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