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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: Janis
Austria (Zone 7a)
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Insagi
Jan 24, 2016 2:07 PM CST
This is my comingout: I love moss in my garden. I love moss-gardens. Lovey dubby

Some of the easiest mosses is irish moss (Sagina subulata). Looks amazing under trees and needs absolutely no care. Only: they will not grow where there is no humidity and too much sun.
Place some stones and stone-figures in the middle and relax! Rolling my eyes.

Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jan 24, 2016 10:43 PM CST
Welcome! @Insagi I never thought a moss would look beautiful but yours do.

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 25, 2016 6:58 AM CST
I agree That looks so lovely and fresh.
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Jan 26, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Moss is my favorite shade plant too. My yard is full of various types of moss, some even growing in full sun below the grass. It transplants easily and can become a "yard" in my miniature garden plantings.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jan 26, 2016 1:13 PM CST
I like my native moss that colonizes where conditions are right. It usually grows between my firepit stones during the winter, then fries in the summer. I use one of those bamboo brooms to just sweep it away when it is looking ragged. I tried irish moss at the top of my firepit steps but it got a bit too exuberant (swallowed the stone landing) so I've moved it to another location.

My son diligently tries to pull the moss from his lawn every year, while I counsel him to just embrace it. Soft on the feet, stays low, nice green.

I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Jan 26, 2016 1:18 PM CST
Moss is, also, very low maintenance! I don't know who came up with planting grass as a lawn covering!! I'd be happy with just about anything I didn't have to mow!
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Name: Janis
Austria (Zone 7a)
Ferns Region: Europe Container Gardener Orchids Lilies Irises
Hibiscus Garden Photography Garden Art Dragonflies Frogs and Toads Cat Lover
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Insagi
Jan 31, 2016 12:42 PM CST
GigiPlumeria said: Welcome! @Insagi I never thought a moss would look beautiful but yours do.

What zone are you? You can add your zone by opening your profile.


Hi GigiPlumeria! Thank you for your tip! Done. Zone 7a. Smiling
Name: Janis
Austria (Zone 7a)
Ferns Region: Europe Container Gardener Orchids Lilies Irises
Hibiscus Garden Photography Garden Art Dragonflies Frogs and Toads Cat Lover
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Insagi
Jan 31, 2016 12:44 PM CST
Sundownr said:I don't know who came up with planting grass as a lawn covering!! I'd be happy with just about anything I didn't have to mow!


Just the same like my thoughts. Thumbs up

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