The Q&A Archives: Colorful Shade Gardening

Question: I would like some ideas of what plants to purchase for the following shaded areas:
1.) Under a maple tree, gets east morning sun.....
2.) Along the south side of house, minimal sun
3.) Along west side of house, between yews, shade until
late in afternoon.

Answer: In your conditions there are quite a few perennials that will thrive. Here are a few to consider: Aconitum (Monkshood), Actaea (Baneberry), Aegopodium (Bishop's Weed/Snow on the Mountain), Ajuga (Carpet Bugle, ground cover with flowers), Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Asarum (European Wild Ginger, ground cover), Bergenia (Saxifrage), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Chelone (Turtlehead), Cimicfuga (Bugbane/Snakeroot) - sounds bad, looks good! Astilbe, columbine, and daylilies will thrive in the spots that get a little sun; bleeding hearts and lily of the valley tolerate denser shade.


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