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Question: I want to plant some flowers in an area that gets no sun. What flowers can I plant that require no sun and will take the heat.

Answer: The best perennials for shade gardens in Texas include:

Columbine Hinckleyana - Aquilegia chrysantha var. Hinkleyana Shade loving perennial blooms in May. Beautiful yellow blossoms with a tropical look. Looks great planted with ferns or Turks Cap. Evergreen foliage has a blue green tint. Columbines will cross pollinate and are good re-seeders. Plant several for a nice grouping. Height:12"-36" Soil: Moist Well Drained.

Coral Bells- Heuchera sanguinea Blooms in late spring with multitudes of tubular coral flowers carried on tall spikes above the foliage. Evergreen plant makes a low neat mound of dark green foliage. Attractive foliage makes a good border plant even when not in bloom. Also fine in rock gardens. Light: Shade Height:18" Soil: Moist Well Drained.

Hellebore ?Lenten Rose?- Helleborus orientalis Attractive leathery foliage on a compact well behaved plant. Graceful nodding flowers of pink to purple in early to mid spring. Long-lived plants for sheltered moist rockeries and well drained woodsy beds. Light: Shade Height: 8"-10"

Penstemon ?Gulf Coast? or ?Brazos?- Pentstemon tenuisBlooms pale pink in spring and sometimes in fall. Will perform well in poorly drained soil as well as sandy loam. Semi-evergreen in winter. Light: Sun/Shade Height:18"

Sage Lyre Leaf- Salvia lyrata ?Lyre Leaf? sage reaches 8" when in bloom in spring, otherwise it is a ground hugging perennial. Blooms are light lavender atop green and purple foliage. Can be used as a ground cover and will grow under trees. Will withstand light foot traffic. Light: Sun/Shade Height: 8"-10" Soil: Well Drained

Spiderwort- Tradescantia spp.Beautiful blue-green foliage and bright purple, white, pink or blue flowers in spring and summer if watered well. Can be used in shade or sun. May go dormant in summer. Height:18" Soil: Moist Well Drained

Turk's Cap- Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii Bright green foliage great for lighting up shady areas. Blooms red hearts May to November. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Will take any soil and any light. Height:2'-4'

Violet Native Wood-Viola missouriensisBeautiful creamy violet blooms appear in early spring and continue through spring. Dark green leaves make great ground cover under trees. Propagate by division and by re-seeding. Light: Shade Height: 2"-6" Soil: Moist Well Drained

Wood Sorrel, Pink or White- Oxalis crassipes Old favorite low-growing edging plant, forming a low mound. Dainty pink or white flowers bloom all spring and summer. Clover-like leaves emanating from a cluster of bulbs. Leaves are even attractive in themselves. Blooms in sun or light shade. Very dependable. Height: 10"-12" Soil: Moist Well Drained

Yellow Archangel- Lamiastrum galeobdolonFast growing groundcover with lovely silver variegated leaves and yellow flowers in spring. Excellent for lighting up shadyareas as a groundcover or trailer in pots. Height: 8"-12" Soil: Moist Well Drained

Leopard Plant? Farfugium japonica var. ?Auro-maculata?Large, glossy-green circular leaves splashed with yellow. Autumn brings yellow daisy-like flowers on tall spikes. A great plantfor damp, shady places. Height: 18"-24" Soil: Moist

Wood Fern- Thelypteris kunthii Vigorous native fern for shaded areas. Will tolerate morning sun. Not evergreen. Spreads by underground rhizomes. Plant in fertile well drained soil. Use as a backdrop for shorter plants. Also makes a good summer ground cover for spring bulbs. Height:36? Soil: Moist Well Drained

Japanese Holly Fern- Cyrtomium falcatum Semi-evergreen fern with thick shiny fronds. Undersides of fronds are covered with spores. Plant in shady areas with fertile soil. In most winters remains evergreen. Protect from direct sun or hot summer winds. Large mature clumps may be divided. Light: Part Shade/Shade Height: 24? Soil: Moist Well Drained

Candytuft- Iberis sempervirens A hardy, low-growing, evergreen plant that is covered with small white flowers February to April. Good in planters, borders, foundation plantings, and rock gardens. Height:6-12? Soil: Well Drained

Hosta?Royal Standard? - Hosta plantanginea One of the finest Hostas. This vigorous Hosta hybrid has shiny leaves and white fragrant flowers. Makes an impressive large clump. Blooms: Spring-Summer Light: Part Shade/Shade Height: 20? Soil: Moist Well Drained

Japanese Climbing Fern- Lygodium japonicum Perennial climbing vine. Needs support to climb on. Adds a wonderful lacey texture. Vigorous grower. Light: Part Shade/Shade Height: 10? Soil: Moist Well Drained Violet?Royal Robe? - Viola odorata Sweetly fragrant flowers of deep violet blue in bloom February to May. They grow best in partial shade. Plants are less than six inches high. Can also be used for a ground cover. Very hardy. Soil: Moist Well Drained

Japanese Painted Fern- Athyrium nipponicum pictumBeautiful multicolored fern for shady areas of garden. Likes rich soil with plenty of organic matter. In spring silvery purple fronds emerge and last to first frost. Divide mature clumps every 4 to 5 years. Height: 12-15? Soil: Moist Well Drained.

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