I need a list of annuals/perennials to plant to bloom consecutively? - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, MD (Zone 7A)
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Question by laur2325
June 10, 2005
Can you tell me what types of annuals/perennials would be good to plant to bloom from spring through fall. I get early morning sun and shade in the afternoon so I need something that would do well in these conditions.

Answer from NGA
June 10, 2005
There are many different plants you could use depending on your personal taste. However here are some to consider for your area, zone 6. Perennials: Helleborus, Lily of the valley, Pulmonaria, viola, bleeding heart, Solomon's Seal, Virginia Bluebells, Tiarella, Heuchera, assorted Hostas, Tiarella, Liriope, Ophiopogon, Ligularia nummularia aurea, Tricyrtis and of course assorted ferns. Annuals: caladium, tuberous begonia, impatiens, mimulus, coleus, perilla and you can experiment with houseplants such as angel-wing begonias, African violets and Monstera philodendron for additional textural interest. I hope this gives you some ideas. Your local professional nursery staff may have additional suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions where you want to plant and your design goals. Enjoy your shade garden!

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