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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: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jan 22, 2016 4:33 AM CST
Many clematis grow really well in shade. They come in a huge variety of colors and sizes, with flowering seasons from really early to autumn. Some types rebloom. Some are great for containers or as patio plants because they grow to just 8-12 ft, others will take over a tall tree. I particularly love the small and medium flowered varieties. Something for everyone!





Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Jan 23, 2016 5:22 AM CST
I heard Clematis 'Rooguchi' blooms well in the shade so I decided to try it. I've had it growing for a few years and it is doing ok in my shady conditions. I like the delicate blooms of this one.

Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 26, 2016 8:32 PM CST
That's stunning, Terri, and just got added to my 'to buy' list! Big Grin
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 27, 2016 6:23 AM CST
@Aspenhill - I love the shape of that 'rooguchi' clematis! I love things that are different, and that's certainly different from what I think of when I think of clematis.

My mom has a beautiful purple clematis growing at her house that I love, so I definitely second the nomination for clematis!
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jan 27, 2016 7:13 AM CST
I don't tend to think of clematis as 'shade plants' in general, and I've certainly proved this to myself numerous times by planting them in too deep of a shady situation hoping for them to find their way up/out and into the sun only to be disappointed, but I will 'third' the nomination, especially for part shade!

Highly recommend

makes a lovely part-shade interweaving groundcover!


Integrifolia and the many cultivars of http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?ppid=181489&q=integ...
do well in what I would call 'more shade' for me

also the viticella types
http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?ppid=181489&q=vitic...
do very well in part shade
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 27, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Dirt, those are beautiful pictures! You have quite the selection of clematis! I like your purple/white color scheme.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 27, 2016 11:30 AM CST
I highly recommend Arabella as well; it's one that I grow. I love how it intermingles with the adjacent plants in the garden. It also has a very long season of bloom.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 28, 2016 4:11 PM CST
My favorite is one called 'Alabaste'. It is planted at the base of a large white oak and has beautiful full ivory colored flowers. The oak has no branches for the first 20ft so it actually grows in moderate shade.
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Jan 28, 2016 5:18 PM CST
'Alabaste' sounds like one I should put on the list to get. When I looked it up, it said that for best color and performance, grow Alabas™ out of direct sunlight, so it sounds perfect for my shady conditions.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 28, 2016 5:48 PM CST
Some clematis prefer to have their heads in the sun (all like to have shade at their roots), but there are plenty that can be planted in any aspect, and some that positively prefer a shady location.

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