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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: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 23, 2016 10:13 AM CST
Although I have added comments and photos to many of these threads and could add more, I cannot enter a favorite. They are all an intricate weaving together of texture, color, and height, that to me, all bring their own interest to the garden.

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I Would also add Astilbe and Astrantia to this mix.

Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 23, 2016 12:30 PM CST
I agree Absolutely Susie, so many that have a quiet beauty to add to the shade garden. The foliage is the star of the shade garden I think; flowers are a bonus.
Astilbe and Astrantia also get my vote; love the rich color on both your examples!
Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jan 24, 2016 7:02 PM CST
I did not know Astrantia would grow in shade. Good to know.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jan 24, 2016 9:14 PM CST
Gorgeous Garden Thumbs up Susie!

I can't believe that Astilbe hasn't been nominated???
I can't keep it alive very well here--too desert like--but I would think that it should rank among the favorites! once upon a time I had lush clumps like yours

and Cimicifuga! 'twas another fav of mine that I cannot grow here

You're right,
>>>intricate weaving together of texture, color, and height, all bring their own interest to the garden Lovey dubby

It's such a good thing that we don't have to pick just one
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM CST
Thank you Dirt! I have a list of things from your gardens too that I looked up to see if they would grow here. Nope, it's to cold.

But I think we've both found enough plants for our zone to keep us happy! Smiling
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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jan 25, 2016 8:47 PM CST
I love astilbe but have struggled to grow it here. I will keep working on it though.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 25, 2016 10:05 PM CST
I have found the Chinese Astilbe less fussy to grow; it is a little more tolerant of drier conditions. The foliage is a little more coarser than Astilbe Arendsii but comes in quite a large array of colours and heights.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jan 26, 2016 7:09 PM CST
I ordered some Astrantia plants last because I loved the blooms. I googled it to see how much sun it needed and was pleasantly surprised when I read it likes shade! It grew like crazy but never bloomed so I hope it's not in too much shade.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 27, 2016 7:34 AM CST
Rose, I've grown it in part sun to full shade, the one in part sun took so much watering to stay nice that it wasn't worth keeping it there. Maybe yours needed a year to settle in?
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jan 27, 2016 8:46 AM CST
I hope so because they do have a pretty bloom! Last year was so cool and wet that a lot of blooming things were "off" in my yard. I didn't mind the cooler temps and rains, but I do like blooms... are we ever satisfied? Sighing!
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jan 27, 2016 2:36 PM CST
I have found that astrantia takes a while to hit its stride. By year 3 or 4 mine took off but didn't do a whole lot before then.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jan 27, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Thanks Jeanie! I'll leave it alone for a while then.

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