Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Golden Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha.

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 21, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Columbine is one of my favorite plants, it is evergreen in zone 8 and blooms beautifully in shade or part shade for about two months in the spring.
It does require a little more water than other native plants, but it is really worth the extra care.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jan 21, 2016 2:52 PM CST
I like columbine too! it self sows and grows in sun or shade. I have a love-hate relationship with the way they cross-pollinate, you never know what your going to get Thumbs up
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 21, 2016 3:56 PM CST
I have Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis as well and they do cross sometimes, but I love the combinations they make,
I wish I could duplicate them. Smiling
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jan 24, 2016 4:45 AM CST
When the seedpods dry, I start scattering the seeds everywhere to hopefully keep the columbine going. Every year I never know where the columbine will spring up, always a surprise.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 24, 2016 5:06 AM CST
Columbines are definitely a good choice for shade gardens.
There are so many varieties, and then they cross, making for interesting new ones.
Golden Columbine, Aquilegia chrysanthe, is growing happily north of my house.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 24, 2016 5:48 AM CST
They look so delicate but are so tough! Ace Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Jan 24, 2016 10:24 AM CST
They certainly are beautiful and delicate looking, but tough and productive.
Here are some pictures of my back and front yards from last spring.

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Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jan 24, 2016 11:42 AM CST
I am going to use this thread list to build a shade plant list for future consideration as I build my small shade garden. This one is definitely on the "list"
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Jan 24, 2016 11:50 AM CST
Yes, these are so easy and beautiful Smiling
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jan 24, 2016 12:23 PM CST
I love columbines! not so much the bugs...
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I was reading somewhere ? about sticky, western columbine attracting all manner of winged critters, the critters getting stuck on them, the carcasses of stuck critters coating them, thereby attracting carnivorous critters to eat the stuck bugs and hang out on the columbines to eat their pests as well
Seems to work, but it's kinda gross
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 24, 2016 1:06 PM CST
I love all columbines, I have quite a few in my gardens including a yellow, I have no idea what variety it is as it was in the garden when we bought the house 15 years ago. They self seed in the garden and I think others must get blown in with the wind, last summer there was a white that I did not plant, it was really lovely.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Jan 24, 2016 2:22 PM CST
I have never had insects on mine, they are pretty much pest free, but as we know that could change, I guess I am just lucky.
Here is the only cross I have between the red and the yellow, I really love the color.

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Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 24, 2016 2:53 PM CST
That's pretty!

I get tons of aphids, drives me crazy!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jan 27, 2016 5:45 AM CST
I've never noticed bugs on my columbine either.

Josephine, your pics are very pretty! So lush looking:)

Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 27, 2016 6:16 AM CST
@frostweed - Josephine, what a beautiful cross! Lovey dubby
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Jan 27, 2016 7:47 AM CST
Thank you Ladies, the color is gorgeous and the get very tall, some as tall as four feet. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Jan 27, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Oooh, I would love a 4-foot tall columbine. Mine probably only get about 3 feet.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 27, 2016 5:21 PM CST
Vickie, the only trouble with them being tall is you would probably have to stake them, I find that even at 3 feet the bloom stalks tend to blow over in the wind.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Jan 28, 2016 5:43 AM CST
Didn't think of that Margaret, but you are right.

Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Jan 28, 2016 12:28 PM CST
Yes, they do fall over if they get too tall, but they sure are impressive. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.

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