Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Melittis melissophylum

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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 8:23 PM CST
A real beauty with long lasting small, dainty flowers.


It performs so well in only morning sun and doesn't require much water at all. Thrives in light woodland and always looks neat and tidy. Even without blooms it's an asset.

You can see the height of it as compared to allium Purple Sensation and it has the same bloom time - color echoes!


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 4:03 AM CST
Arlene, I had never heard of this plant until I saw your mention of it in the Color Echoes thread when I was reading it in the Perennials forum a few weeks ago. Sounds perfect for my shade gardens and is on the list of plants that I'll be ordering for the 2016 season.
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 9:11 AM CST
Adorable isn't a word I'd use to describe many plants, but this one is so adorable. I smile each time I pass it.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jan 23, 2016 9:36 AM CST
I've never seen this plant. I wonder if it would do well in our 100 degree days? It certainly is unusual, as well as "adorable!"
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 9:58 AM CST
I bought mine from McClure and Zimmerman. Right from the start it bloomed and grew well so I was very delighted with the performance.

5/4/12 - new and no sign of buds: Thumb of 2016-01-23/pirl/65babd

5/12/12 - just eight days later! Thumb of 2016-01-23/pirl/67852c

Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Jan 23, 2016 10:25 AM CST
Wow! I'm going to find one for spring!
Name: Linda
Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a)
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In2art
Jan 23, 2016 1:20 PM CST
I also love this plant, but grow it in full sun...it must be flexible about it's needs. I was able to collect a few seedlings and trade them last year; I also gathered seed and will be trying to grow more
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
Plant Identifier
pirl
Jan 23, 2016 1:58 PM CST
Please let us know how well the seeds perform. I'm curious.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jan 23, 2016 2:09 PM CST
New to me
That is a lovely looking plant , if it were hardy in my zone I would try it Shrug! Guess I will just enjoy photos from other gardens.
It seems my zone envy pops up in winter *Blush*
when the ground is frozen /white and 10 deg. outside Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
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
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valleylynn
Jan 23, 2016 3:07 PM CST
How does it do in summer dry shade. In the winter and spring we get plenty of rain, but the large fire tree takes up every drop of water in the summer.
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 4:16 PM CST
Mine does fine and it's in dry shade (only morning sun and not much of it) but I do take turns giving my coffee water to all the plants there. I can just lean over and spread the wealth. It's right next to the kitchen steps so that makes it easy.
Thumb of 2016-01-23/pirl/e29243

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 Arlene.
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 6:50 PM CST
You're quite welcome. Give it a try and use some compost so it won't suffer if it's too dry though I'd water if drought threatened.
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 7:32 PM CST
Especially the first year. I find most drought tolerant perennials are pretty tough if time is spent the first year in giving them a good start.
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
Plant Identifier
pirl
Jan 23, 2016 9:00 PM CST
I agree though I didn't do anything more for mine during the first year - just mulch, always mulch.
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 9:02 PM CST
I agree

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