curb appeal for shady entry - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Cecelia Petschk
Waldorf, MD
Question by ccrider228
February 11, 2006
The front entry of my cape cod house is very shady. Three oaks flank the south and southwest portion of it. My question is, what kind of design could be used for casual curb appeal. I've been trying for 3 years to work something out, but have not had any luck. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
February 11, 2006

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There are a number of annuals and perennials which will grow in shady areas:
Astilbe
Celandine Poppy
Bleeding Heart
Foxglove
Queen-of-the Meadow
Hellebores
Daylilies
Hostas
Virginia Bluebells
Cinnamon Fern
Wild Blue Phlox
Creeping Phlox
Primroses
Lungworts
Allegneny Foamflower
Coleus
Columbine
Desert Bluebells
Diascia
Forget-Me-Not
Four O'Clocks
Foxglove
Gloriosa Daisy
Impatiens
Salvia
Shasta Daisy
Wax Begonia
Plus, the following groundcovers:

Ajuga
Wild Gingers
Sweet Woodruff
Epimendiums
Wintercreeper
English Ivy
Spotted Lamium
Lilyturf
Partrigdeberry
Japanese Pachysandra
Vinca

For the most impact, group plants together (3,5, or 7 of the same plant) and try to choose plants with different flowering times so there's always something in bloom. This way you'll always have something new and different to look at. Enjoy!

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