Shady Area Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Bellevue, WA
Question by akimwr
December 29, 1997
I have an empty flower bed that is under two very large red leafed maples, and gets about 3 hours of morning sun. What would be good plants and shrubs to plant?


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Answer from NGA
December 29, 1997

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The possibilities are endless! - Well, almost endless. Here are some shade loving plants: camellia, azalea, rhododendron (some), crocus, grape hyacinth, hosta, primrose, pansies, violets, ferns (lots!), and astilbe.

I love the effect that variegated foliage produces so I use bi-color hostas, bishop's weed and Leucothoe in my shade garden.

The maple leaves will add a nice mulch layer at the end of the season and will help suppress winter weeds, so leave them in place when they fall.

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