Answer: Is the fence plot in sun or shade? Either way, there are flowers that should thrive there. Here are some ideas for woodland plants that tolerate shade: Dicentra species for spring bloom, (bleeding heart, Dutchman's Breeches), Astilbe & coral bells for summer, Aconite (monk's hood), Cimicifuga & Physostegia for summer & into fall, and New England Asters for into the fall. Most of these will do well in sun if well mulched and kept moist. For sun, there are lots of options! Black-eyed Susans, Shasta Daisy, Achillea, Coreopsis, daylilies, liatris, Monarda, Seedum, Phlox, etc. Bulbs should be planted in full sun or, at most, partial shade.
Before you invest in all this lovely plant material, have your soil tested. Many of these plants are tolerant of acidic soil conditions, and some actually prefer them, but others won't perform well. Contact your agricultrual extension office (ph# 207/780-4205) for information on soil testing. And have a great time planting all these flowers!
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