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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: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Jan 22, 2016 9:16 AM CST
When I first saw this article I immediately thought of Epimediums.
I have two that are fantastic.
Frohnleiten is a larger leaf and I consider it a tall spreading variety.
Beautiful delicate yellow flowers in spring. This plant solves a "short soil" problem around an old tree trunk.
Great in dry or moist shade, creeps into some lilies and is a nice interplanting.
Barrenwort (Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten')


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Here is the second one. I would call it heavy blooming and sturdy. It grows next to and in to a path.
Epimedium Lillie
Bishop's Hat (Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee')




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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 3:24 PM CST
I love my epimediums. I forgot all about them as shade plants until I saw your thread Jo Ann.
Here are some of mine:
This one is tough as nails and evergreen.


I love the blooms on this one, and the winter and spring foliage color. Even in the summer it keeps a touch of the lovely bronze color


This one is new as of spring of 2015, so this will be the first year for blooms. I hope it blooms this year.


I would love to find Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Tama-no-genpei’ and Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Purple Prince’
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Hellebores Ferns Ponds
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aspenhill
Jan 23, 2016 4:13 PM CST
Lynn, check out Garden Visions http://www.epimediums.com/ they have both - they are two of the ones that I ordered last year - easiest way for me to find them on the website was under the "Find Plants" -> "By Color" -> "Lavender/Purple flowers"
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 4:48 PM CST
Thank you Terri, I will go take a look.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Jan 23, 2016 4:51 PM CST
Lynn Love the Red barrenwort.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jan 23, 2016 4:57 PM CST
oh cool--I hope that two Epimedium threads counts for double Smiling
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jan 23, 2016 4:58 PM CST
Oh my! I just took a quick look at the link you posted! Wow! I'm sure I'll be adding more of these to my gardens this year.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Jan 23, 2016 5:14 PM CST
Rose: They have such nice intrest.
Spring teeny flowers and as the summer goes on the leaves turn bronze and burgundy.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
Jan 23, 2016 5:33 PM CST
I didn't realize there were so many different ones! Love the foliage on some of them. Do they do well if planted in the spring or are they something you should plant in the fall?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Some are evergreen and others are deciduous. I prefer the evergreen varieties. I do have one that is deciduous though and love it.
Either spring or fall planting are good. Most of mine were planted in the spring.
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Hellebores Ferns Ponds
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aspenhill
Jan 23, 2016 5:54 PM CST
I ordered mine during the winter months last year and Karen shipped them at the end of May/early June. I think she also ships in the fall, but I'm not sure if one is better than the other.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 6:26 PM CST
I am looking for a place I can get them in March, which will give them plenty of time to get established before our drought starts in July. Even then I will give them water the first year, after that they are very good at fending for themselves.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jan 23, 2016 6:41 PM CST

Plants Admin

Edelweiss Perennials has a great selection, Lynn, including some beauties in the $8-12 range, which are hard to beat in today's market.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Thank you Zuzu, I forgot he carries epimedium. I have many of his hardy plants.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses
Clematis Irises Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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zuzu
Jan 23, 2016 7:48 PM CST

Plants Admin

I love his plants. Edelweiss has been my favorite mail-order nursery ever since it started offering mail-order plants. The alstroemeria and gentiana selections are also impressive.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 7:53 PM CST
Yes they are. He specializes in the alstroemeria. He used to do sempervivum that he imported from Europe, but discontinued them. I got his last plants 2 years ago.
The entire family are wonderful to do business with.
In fact I think my first two epimedium came from them many years ago.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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dirtdorphins
Jan 23, 2016 7:57 PM CST
Edelweiss! nodding Yes
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
Jan 23, 2016 8:22 PM CST
I just checked the Edelweiss website. They do have some beautiful plants but there shipping is pretty high. Two plants would cost over $17.00 to ship!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 9:03 PM CST
Many times I can have him bring them to a local plants sale, and not have any shipping to pay.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
Jan 23, 2016 9:08 PM CST
Then that's a good deal for you! I don't think he'll have any local plant sales in my area, do you? Hilarious! Oh well...the other link has some beautiful ones and shipping is pretty reasonable.

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