The Q&A Archives: plants or shrubs that grow in the shade

Question: I am trying to find plants or shrubs tha do not need a lot of sun light and grow

Answer: Lots of plants will grow in the shade. Here are a few to include in your shade garden: Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is a constant throughout the growing season. After a lush spring bloom, its red flowers open sporadically until struck by frost. Reaching 12 to 15 feet in shade, this vine is happy to clamber up a trellis fence or scramble over a stone wall.

Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia) - In late June, gleaming white flower cones shine among its large, oaklike leaves. By August, the cones have aged to a light pink. In September, they turn a light chestnut brown just as the foliage changes into a dark wine red color.

Wreath goldenrod (Solidago caesia), Big lobelia (L. siphilitica Alba), Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum minor alba), Montrose Ruby (Purple Heuchera), a hybrid with maroonish-purple leaves mottled with silver, and Virginia tovara (T. virginiana Variegata) are also good choices.

You can always plant begonia, lobelia, foxglove, bleeding heart, ferns and impatiens in a shady garden. Hope these suggestions help you find just the right plants for your garden!

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