Answer: Your zone 5 garden should do well with any (or all!) of the following shade tolerant
perennials and shrubs:
Candytuft; White, flat flower clusters. Partial shade.
Cardinal Flower; Red flowers July to September.
Lobelia cardinalis; Grows in wet areas.
Columbine; Many cultivars to choose from.
Coralbells; Tolerates shade but prefers full sun.
Cowslip; pring blooming plants. Many different types.
Daylily, Orange; Orange-red mid-summer blooms on 6-foot spikes.
Hemerocallis fulva; Tolerates a variety of soils. Sun or partial shade.
Dead Nettle, Spotted; Though somewhat weedy in shape, this plant has dark green leaves splotched with silver. Small, lavender flowers bloom through summer.
Epimedium, Long-Spur; Red to white flowers in spring.
Dense Epimedium grandiflorum; foliage with bronze fall color.
Dictamnus albus; Geranium, Blood Red Profuse, purple-red to magenta flowers May to August.
Geranium sanguineum; Interesting foliage throughout the season.
Hosta (Plantain Lily); Many cultivars available with variegated foliage. Flowers borne on spikes.
Rose Mallow; August to September blooms. Good wetland plant.
Shooting Star; Rich, light soil. Attractive blooms April to June.
Spiraea (Japanese Astilbe); Attractive flowers June to August. Sun to partial shade.
Sweet Woodruff; White flowers May to mid-June.
Trillium; White flowers in spring. Prefers woodland soil.
Aralia, Five-leaved; grows to 9'; Essentially pest-free shrub that can be used as a clipped hedge.
Barberry, Japanese grows 5'; Profuse flowers and red fruit. Grows well in a variety of soils.
Red Chokeberry; grows to 12'; Female plants bear gray berries. Semi-evergreen.
Elderberry, American; grows to 8'; Edible berries attractive to birds. Grows in
moist and wet soils.
False Cypress, Dwarf Hinoki 5' Evergreen foliage. Many sizes and forms from which
Firethorn (pyracantha coccinea) grows to 6'; Vivid red-orange berries. Dark green foliage.
Fothergilla; Yellow-scarlet fall foliage. Pyramidal habit; spring flowers.
Hydrangea, Oak-leaved grows to 6' and blooms mid-summer, with red fall folliage. May be killed to the
Oregon Grape Holly 3' 5-6 Broadleaf evergreen. Bronze new growth, interesting
flowers and fruit.
Photinia, Oriental 15' Red-bronze fall color. White flowers in late May followed
bright red berries.
Witch Hazel; grows to 15'; Small flowers bloom in late fall. Golden fall color. Witch Hazel, Vernal 6' Small, fragrant, yellow-red flowers bloom in February or
Hamamelis vernalis March. Brilliant yellow fall color.
Hope these suggestions are helpful!
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