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Name: Trish
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Jul 30, 2011 11:17 AM CST

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If someone were starting a new shade garden- what is the top 5 shade lovers that should be in every garden?

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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jul 30, 2011 1:05 PM CST
I would go with Heuchera for just about any color you could want. Helleborus will flower before most spring bulbs and the flowers last much longer, also it is a nice compact almost evergreen plant. Athyrium ( Japanese Painted Ferns) for texture and silvering color. Hakonechloa Grasses they are compact and have nice coloring and give movement with just the slightest breeze. And Tiarella for unique leaf shape and color, I think it is the most underused of all plants plus it does great in dry shade.
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bsavage
Jul 31, 2011 6:30 AM CST
I'm learning and watching and waiting to hear everyone elses favorite shade plants!
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 31, 2011 2:55 PM CST
Hostas would be my first choice! Then I would add Heuchera, Ferns, Brunnera and Colocasia 'Mojito'. Unfortunately, in my area the colocasia have to be potted up and kept inside during the winter. Also like impatiens, but that would make it 6 choices! Is it allowed to have 6 choices? *Blush*

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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 31, 2011 3:51 PM CST
Here's a picture of one bed with hostas, ferns, colocasia and a shade grass.
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Here's a leaf of colocasia 'Mojito'

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Name: Trish
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Trish
Jul 31, 2011 7:36 PM CST

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You may have 6 Hilarious!

Beautiful!
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 31, 2011 7:41 PM CST
Thank you! If I could have seven, I would also suggest the shade grass! Hakench-something or other! 'All Gold'! I can't ever remember the name of that! But it is very pretty!
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jul 31, 2011 8:36 PM CST
I think Bob named just about everything in my shade garden, lol. And Rose got the hostas.

But, here's the *other* 5...
1. Aquilegia - Columbine
2. Pulmonaria - I can't believe how tough that plant is.
3. Trilliums - from a reputable nursery, not dug from the wild, of course. But the whites have the prettiest flower and the yellow has the prettiest leaves.
4. Hydrangea - do shrubs count?
5. Astilbe - if you have a damp-ish spot, they do like their water.

Is this a list for you, Trish, or in general? Another one with both flowers and beautiful leaves are the Cyclamens - the C. hederfolium tops out in 9b, so I would guess it would be fine in your area.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jul 31, 2011 9:20 PM CST
Rose it is Hakonechloa Macro All Gold a kind of Japanese Forest Grass. I have to add Ginger to the list very hard to keep it to only 5.
Name: Trish
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Trish
Aug 1, 2011 10:05 AM CST

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It's a great list, Sheryl!

I figure that lots of people would like to find out a good starting place for new shade gardens.

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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Aug 1, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Sheesh, no kidding. Jae Rae has me looking at Fleece Flower all morning, trying to find a good reason not to get it.... Big Grin
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dahlianut
Aug 3, 2011 1:17 PM CST
dicentra (bleeding hearts)
geranium (cranesbill)
hosta
ferns
aruncus (goartsbeard)
ligularia
aquilegia (columbine)
polygonatum (solomon's seal)
berginia
pulmonaria
viola

that's my five twicely Big Grin
Name: Trish
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Trish
Aug 3, 2011 4:11 PM CST

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count on you! Big Grin
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Aug 3, 2011 7:04 PM CST
Huh.... the geraniums bloom for you in the shade?
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Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Aug 3, 2011 7:50 PM CST
there are cranesbill that bloom in full shade sheryl. This is 'Ballerina' which is my fav. It only gets a couple of hours of late day sun
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I am SO disorganized with my pics *Blush* They are just filed by date. I will put my shade pics in a new 'Shade' folder when I find them and post more geraniums.

A kickbutt columbine to make you smile (and forget that I can't find my geranium pics) Smiling
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Name: Trish
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Trish
Aug 4, 2011 6:19 AM CST

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Both of those are spectacular!!

Green with envy Big Grin
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Aug 4, 2011 9:46 AM CST
Don't have any pictures.
Bleeding heart
hosta
nursery trillium
Astilbe
Lilies of the valey ( I know they spread, whoopie)
ginger
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Aug 6, 2011 7:21 AM CST
Wow, Ballerina is amazing, Dnut. I'm going to have to keep my eyes out for that one.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 8, 2011 3:10 AM CST
Its hard to choose five but top five I will go with
Astilbe

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Heucheras

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Hostas

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Cyclemine

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epimediums
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Aug 8, 2011 2:23 PM CST
ge,

Your astilbe are beautiful! I have some, but they don't seem to get as big as yours. What's your secret?

Rose

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