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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: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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NJBob
Jan 21, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Might take some more effort then some other plants but well worth it . What other plant has this much of a choice of foliage colors.

With a bonus of hundreds of pretty small flowers.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jan 22, 2016 2:20 PM CST
I agree--heuchera is one of my favorite shade plants, too!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
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 8:53 AM CST
Heuchera are a standard for my shade gardens, they add great color even when there isn't anything blooming.
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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
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Jan 23, 2016 5:16 PM CST
I have a few in my shade garden too, they have lovely foliage.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Dog Lover Foliage Fan Greenhouse Container Gardener Heucheras Sedums
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springcolor
Jan 23, 2016 5:51 PM CST
I agree Love them
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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NJBob
Jan 23, 2016 5:57 PM CST
What a nice picture Julia.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Jan 23, 2016 7:29 PM CST
Gorgeous picture Julia.
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
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Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Jan 24, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Definitely could not live without heucheras. Wonderful plants.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 25, 2016 6:26 AM CST
If we're counting only 'outdoor' plants, heuchera is one of the few shade plants I currently have! I love my heuchera and I agree that the foliage on heucheras is among the most diverse of any plant type out there. The name 'caramel', however, is just as attractive to me as the plant itself. (And my husband and I always tease each other about the pronunciation...I'm always chiding him that there's another 'a' in there for a reason!: "car-a-mel"....but in theory, the "car-mel" does sound more like you have a mouthful of sticky, chewy, yummy caramel in it. Rolling my eyes. Still, I enjoy our little back-and-forth each time the subject comes up.)

Here's a picture of mine:



Although I would argue there are better pictures of it in the plant database:


Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 25, 2016 11:38 AM CST
(It's not often that I get excited about a brown plant, either!)
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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NJBob
Jan 25, 2016 7:31 PM CST
There is supposed to be a new version coming out called Mega Caramel with large leaves like Brownies. Hope it is as good of a plant as the original.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 25, 2016 7:43 PM CST
Thanks for the heads-up, Bob! I might look into that one.
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Jan 25, 2016 8:41 PM CST
Brownies is my favorite...it's huge! I will have to find a mega caramel for sure.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dirtdorphins
Jan 29, 2016 8:22 PM CST
been working too much and didn't get my vote in for support of heuchera Thumbs up

DnD--too funny! How do you pronounce carousel?
(and have you ever been carousing on a carousel Hilarious! )
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 30, 2016 7:54 PM CST
I say carousel like "care-uh-sell" or sometimes "caro-sell"...I've never heard it any other way, but I can imagine that there are places where it's "care-oo-sell", "care-ih-sell", "caro-sall", etc... Smiling

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