The Q&A Archives: shade shrubs

Question: I am in need of a few different shade loving shrubs, that flower. They are to be planted against a wall with height. I would like to mix some sade perrineal in with them. What would you suggest. They will be planted in raised containers. This is part of a plan for a 911 memorial therefore, I would like an open airy appearence. Thanks of your help

Answer: Some shrubs to consider include Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica), Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Japanese kerria (Kerria japonica), Fetterbush (Leucothoe racemosa), Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), Oregon grapeholly (Mahonia aquifolium),
Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica), Pieris (Pieris spp.), Rhododendron and azalea (Rhododendron spp.), Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica), Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), and Mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium).

Some perennials for shade: Monkshood (Aconitum spp.), Baneberry (Actaea spp.),
Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Anemone (Anemone spp.), Columbine (Aquilegia spp.), Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), Goatsbeard (Aruncus spp.),
Ginger (Asarum canadense), European ginger (Asarum europaeum), Astilbe (Astilbe spp.), Bergenia (Bergenia spp.), Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla),
Turtlehead (Chelone spp.), Goldenstar (Chrysogonum virginianum), Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis), Corydalis (Corydalis spp.), Bleeding heart (Dicentra spp.),
Foxglove (Digitalis spp.), Bishop's hat (Epimedium spp.), Dogtooth violet (Erythronium spp.), Ferns, Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Perennial geranium (Geranium spp.), Golden variegated hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'), Lenten rose, Christmas rose (Helleborus spp.), Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.),
Hosta (Hosta spp.), Crested iris (Iris cristata), Lilyturf (Liriope spp.), and
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

Best wishes with your new garden.

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