|I just completed a new raised garden (4 ' by 16' in dimensions) and would like to plant roses in it. The area is shaded most of the day and in MN we get cold temperatures. Can I successfully plant a raise Roses in this area? If so, what type is best?|
|Unfortunately roses would not be a good choice as they need full sun to bloom. Here are a few shade lovers to consider: Flowers for shade: Perennials -- Anemone, Columbine, Astilbe, Campanula, lily-of-the-valley, Dicentra, Digitalis, Ferns, Hosta, daylilies, Liriope, Monarda, Pachysandra, Thalictrum, Vinca, navelwort (Omphalodes cappadocica), blue lungwort (Pulmonaria angustifolia), pinkroot (Spigelia marilandica), bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) and sweet violets (Viola odorata).
Annuals -- Begonia, Browallia, Coleus, annual Foxglove, Forget-me-not, Impatiens, Primrose, Torenia, Viola. Bulbs -- Begonia, Caladium, Camassia, Elephant's ears, Lilium, Narcissus, Scilla, Callas.
For shrubs, you might consider viburnums, hypericum, paxistima, shrub dogwoods and hydrangea arborescens.