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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: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Jan 22, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Out of all my ferns this one is the most appealing to me:


It enjoys a drink now and then but, since it's in shade and close to the house, it doesn't dry out. It arrives in spring in late April and only died back in early December 2015. It's not greedy for space and fills a niche with a gentle look.


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 22, 2016 8:40 PM CST
Oh I love the maidenhair fern!
It was also my favorite fern, when I could grow ferns, where I used to live Thumbs up
(I have managed to kill some of the toughest ferns where I live now so I don't bother Sad )
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 4:00 AM CST
Maidenhair fern has long been my favorite of all the ferns, with 'Ghost' fern coming in a close second. Despite the delicate lacy look, maidenhair ferns are extremely tough and hardy here. I planted 50 plugs in the Turtle Garden about three years ago. Starting to fill in nicely now.

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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 23, 2016 6:33 AM CST
I agree...I have limited success with ferns but maidenhair does well and lends a lovely fine texture to the landscape.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Jan 23, 2016 8:57 AM CST
Terri - I do love the coloring on Ghost but they have enormous root balls! I dug one for a friend and next time I'll have someone else do it.
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