The Q&A Archives: Fertilizers & blooming plants in shaded areas

Question: What is the best fertilizer for nandenas & rhodendruns and best time to apply? Also, what flowering plants or bulbs are suited for a shaded area?


Answer: Nandinas will be happy with a 10-10-10 general purpose fertilizer; rhododendrons and azaleas prefer an acidified fertilizer such as one formulated for acid loving plants. Look for a specialized Rhododendron/Azalea fertilizer in your local garden center. Shade loving plants are numerous. Consider the following flowering perennials: Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle), Astilbe (Meadowsweet), Anemone, Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Campanula (Bellflower), Chrysogonum (Goldenstar), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Cimicfuga (Bugbane), Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie), Helleborus (Christmas Rose), Hemerocallis (Day Lily), Heuchera (Coralbells), Siberian Iris, Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells), Polygonatum (Great Solomon's Seal), Primula (Primrose), Trillium Grandiflorum (Wakerobin), Lysimachia (Gooseneck Loosestrife), and Pulmonaria (Lungwort). You can also try many, many varieties of Hosta. Groundcovers such as Ajuga, Pachysandra, and European Ginger would also be suitable.

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