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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: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Jan 27, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Liriope muscari is a dependable, drought-resistant workhorse plant both in sun and shade, even dry shade. It's attractive 10-12-inch high grass-like foliage is evergreen, and it produces 18-inch high spikes of lovely purple flowers in August. It looks nice both in clumps and as an edging plant. It performs well under a shallow-rooted red maple tree in my zone 6b yard. It is not aggressive, but clumps gradually increase in size and are easily divided with a spading fork.

Monkey Grass (Liriope muscari)

Last fall I discovered a new-to-me cultivar, 'Royal Purple' that I love because of its intensely dark purple flowers and the increased height of the flowers:

Lily Turf (Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple')
Carol Sandt

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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 27, 2016 11:08 AM CST
Interesting - our liriope muscari are much shorter and the flowers are fatter:


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Courtesy Yoko Nekonomania

They come in a limited range of colours but like yours are really useful in sun or shade.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 27, 2016 12:30 PM CST
I had no idea that these were considered shade plants. I love 'grape hyacinth' and plan to create a 'sea' of them, planting them en masse, along a 20' swath of blank-slate space near my driveway. Well, to be fair, I have some pretty forsythia there that I'm hoping will survive the awful clay soil in that area...but that's also why I haven't spent any money buying grape hyacinths, either.

Nevertheless, I really love these plants and want some for my yard. If they are shade plants, I second their nomination!


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Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jan 27, 2016 12:51 PM CST
Hm...Liriope muscari, which blooms in late summer, Is not the same as Muscari botryoides, a bulb that blooms in the early spring. Both are lovely.
Carol Sandt

"Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 27, 2016 5:40 PM CST
I like Liriope muscari too! But I do not have to plant them, it has been planted all over our subd as a nice border plant. It is quite drought tolerant, and with its cute little blooms, looks so cheerful. For awhile before I thought it was related to Chlorophytum comosum, but when I saw the blooms, ah, they are different. But both has similar long blade-like leaves and the ones planted around here have variegated leaves.

DnD, CS is right, your muscari is not the Liriope muscari for this thread. But that is a nice bulb plant for Spring!
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 28, 2016 6:13 AM CST
csandt said:Hm...Liriope muscari, which blooms in late summer, Is not the same as Muscari botryoides, a bulb that blooms in the early spring. Both are lovely.


Thank you for the clarification!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 28, 2016 6:23 AM CST
Yes, thanks.

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