The Q&A Archives: Some Sun, Mostly Shade

Question: What is best to plant in a bed like this?

Answer: Hardy perennial flowers that do well in part shade to shade include:

Actaea spp. (Bugbane); Alchemilla mollis (Lady?s Mantle); Astilbe; Aquilegia (Columbine); Begonia grandis (Hardy Begonia); Bergenia (Pigsqueak); Brunnera (Bugloss); Dicentra (Bleeding Heart); Epimedium (Bishop's Hat); Helleborus (Hellebore); Hosta; Iris cristata (Crested Iris); Lamium maculatum (Spotted Deadnettle); Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox); Primula (Primrose); Pulmonaria (Leadwort); Tiarella (Foam Flower); Tricyrtis (Toad Lily); Viola (Violet).

Annual flowers that do well in part shade to shade and bloom all summer include:

Impatiens; Begonia -- including tuberous, angel wing and fibrous rooted begonias;
Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco); Torenia (Wishbone Flower) and Viola.

Best wishes with your new garden!

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