What to plant - Knowledgebase Question

Omaha, Ne
Question by lcerveny
August 25, 2010
Buying a brand new home and was wondering if you can give me some ideas on what to plant on the North side of the house in Omaha, NE.


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Answer from NGA
August 25, 2010

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Annual flowers that grow well in the shade include impatiens; wax begonia; flowering tobacco, Nicotiana alata; coleus; bergenia and caladium. Many perennials plants also grow well in shaded areas, and have the added advantage of not needing to be planted each spring. Common shade-loving perennials include bugleweed, Ajuga repens; astilbe, Astilbe x arendsii; columbine, Aquilegia x hybrida; bleeding heart, Dicentra x hybrida; foxglove, Digitalis x mertonensis; coralbells, Heuchera sp.; hosta, Hosta sp.; and vinca, Vinca minor. Many other great shade-loving perennials are not as well known including bergenia, Lady's Mantle, pulmonaria and Meadow Rue.
Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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