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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: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
Life began in a garden.
I helped beta test the first seed swap Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Salvias Hummingbirder
Hostas Cottage Gardener Annuals Echinacea Container Gardener Dahlias
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duane456
Jan 22, 2016 12:31 PM CST
The forgotten plant by many gardeners. A big statement in the spring.

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 22, 2016 8:25 PM CST
Yes Meadow Rue is a lovely plant with frothy flowers. I have Rochebrunianum and Dasycarpum in my garden. Rochebrunianum is very tall but doesn't seem to need staking.

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 4:17 AM CST
I found thalictrums only two or three years ago - they do seem to be overlooked by gardeners, but once you've seen some of them up close and personal, you can get hooked. I first saw them in a friend's garden. Out of all the wonderful plants in their shade garden, it was the height and delicate flowers of the thalictrums in bloom that caught my attention. Been adding them to my gardens ever since. In my quest for thalictrums, I found this shorter ground hugging cultivar that blooms almost non stop for months. It is a nice one - 'Evening Star Strain'.

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 10:07 AM CST
I've had that one on my wish list so glad to hear your report. The foliage looks quite attractive as well. Nice to find a shorter cultivar.

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