Shade Tolerant Plants - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA
Question by conacat
December 3, 1997
What sort of flowering plants would you recommend for a very shady, north facing side of my house? It gets some light, but no direct sun.


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Answer from NGA
December 3, 1997

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There are a number of groundcovers, perennials and shrubs that will adapt to growing in the conditions you describe.

Brunfelsia pauciflora is a shrub with clusters of violet flowers with yellow centers. Camellia's - many varieties - love shadeand come in lots of colors. Daphne odora (Winter daphne) has tiny fragrant blooms in December and January.

Groundcovers include Pachysandra (yellow flowers), Trachelospermum (Star Jasmine) with fragrant white flowers, and Vinca minor (Periwinkle) that blooms abundantly from spring through fall. Colors are either white or purple.

Perennials - Campanula in shades of blue, purple, white or pink, impatiens (same color choices), saxifraga, Asian lilies, and pansies.

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