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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: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 21, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Martagon Lilies are a great plant for the shaded border, although they will do well in more sun as well. They bloom earlier than Asiatics, with smaller, but many Turks cap down facing flowers. They come in many colours, and have attractive whorled foliage; they can reach heights of 5 feet and will make some impressive clumps over time. They can be slower to get established and more expensive to Initially purchase, but are well worth it!l

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 21, 2016 7:08 PM CST
Wow, Martagon Lilies are gorgeous! I've never seen them growing here in Florida but I see the database lists to zone 10 ... wonder how they'd fare in our heat and humidity?
Lily (Lilium martagon)
Lily (Lilium martagon var. martagon)
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Jan 22, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Gorgeous, want some! Big Grin
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
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CarolineScott
Jan 22, 2016 9:33 AM CST
They are a cold climate lily.
Some will take extremely low temperatues.
I have seedlings chilling in a styrofoam cooler in my unheated car port.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2016 9:46 AM CST
CarolineScott said:They are a cold climate lily.Some will take extremely low temperatues.

I had a feeling that was why I'd never seen them in the south. Sad

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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Jan 22, 2016 6:12 PM CST
That information doesn't look correct (they are native to Eurasia). I don't know a lot about them but they are rather expensive to risk trying to find out...
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Houseplants Frogs and Toads
Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Region: United Kingdom
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kniphofia
Jan 23, 2016 2:04 AM CST
They do wonderfully well here in the UK. Both the purple and the white forms are beautiful.

This photo is from Howick Hall gardens.

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Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Jan 23, 2016 9:03 AM CST
I love Martagons! The flowers are so cheerful and majestic in the spring gardens and the intriguing whorl of leaves add texture and height the whole season.
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