The Q&A Archives: shade loving plants

Question: I have several areas in my yard that do not get any sun throughout the day. Can you please recommend some shade loving plants?. I also have an area that gets some filtered sunlight. Any suggestions?. Thank you in advance.

Answer: Shady gardens can also be damp so I've included plants that will grow in shade, filtered shade and damp soils:
Acanthus (Bear's Breech), Aconite, Anemone (windflower), columbine, Asarum (wild ginger), Astilbe, Begonia, Bergenia, Browallia (Amethyst flower), Caladium, Campanula (bellflower), Clivia, Coleus, Cyclamen, Ferns, Gentiana, Hedychium (ginger lily), Helleborus, Heuchera (coral bells), Hosta, Impatiens, Lamium (dead nettle), Primula (primrose), Saxifraga, Trillium (wake robin), Vinca (periwinkle) and Viola (Pansy). Some plants that do especially well in damp soil include Caltha (marsh marigold), Colocasia (taro), Japanese Iris, Juncus (rush), Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), Darmera (umbrella plant), Siberian Iris, Houttuynia cordata, Lobelia, Mimulus cardinalis (scarlet monkey flower), Rheum (ornamental rhubarb), Trollis (globeflower), Woodwardia (giant chain fern) and Zantedeschia (common calla). Hope these suggestions provide you with enough choices to create a beautiful shade garden.

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