Shrubs & Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Loveland, CO (Zone 5B)
Question by dkmels56
June 16, 2007
What are some good shrubs and perennials that grown in the shade. My growth zone is the mountain west.


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Answer from NGA
June 16, 2007

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You're in USDA zone 5 and here are some great choices for your garden, including common and botanical names, plus hardiness zones:

BRUNETTE SNAKEROOT
Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette' (C. simplex 'Brunette') 4-8

ORCHID FROST DEAD NETTLE
Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost' 3-8

ILLUMINATION COMMON PERIWINKLE
Vinca minor 'Illumination' 4-9

OSTRICH FERN
Matteuccia pennsylvanica (M. struthiopteris var. pennsylvanica) 2-8

ROBUST MALE FERN
Dryopteris filix-mas 'Undulata Robusta' 4-8

HILLSIDE BLACK BEAUTY SNAKEROOT
Cimicifuga ramosa 'Hillside Black Beauty' 4-8

WHERRY'S FOAM FLOWER
Tiarella wherryi 4-8

SIBERIAN BUGLOSS
Brunnera macrophylla 3-7

SAMOBOR CRANESBILL
Geranium phaeum 'Samobor' 4-8

SPRING SYMPHONY FOAM FLOWER
Tiarella x 'Spring Symphony' 4-9

JOAN ELLIOTT CLUSTERED BELLFLOWER
Campanula glomerata 'Joan Elliott' 4-9

AUSLESE LADY'S MANTLE
Alchemilla mollis 'Auslese' 3-8

SUM & SUBSTANCE HOSTA
Hosta x 'Sum & Substance' 4-9

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS HOSTA
Hosta x 'Night Before Christmas' 3-9

VARIEGATED SIBERIAN BUGLOSS
Brunnera macrophylla `Variegata` 3-7

JAPANESE TASSEL FERN
Polystichum polyblepharum 5-9

AMERICAN MAIDENHAIR FERN
Adiantum pedatum 3-8

GREEN MOUND ALPINE CURRANT
Ribes alpinum 'Green Mound' 2-6

ROLLISON FETTERBUSH
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rollisonii' 5-8

CINNAMON FERN
Osmunda cinnamomea 4-8

MALE FERN
Dryopteris felix-mas 'Robusta' 4-8

GLACIER AZALEA
Azalea `Glacier` (Glenn Dale hybrid) 5-9

JAPANESE PAINTED FERN
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 5-8

RIO RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron hybrid `Rio` (H-1) 5-8
LOOKING GLASS RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Looking Glass` (H-2) 5-8
WHITE CATAWBA RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron catawbiense `Album` (H-1) 4-8
HERBERT AZALEA
Azalea `Herbert` (Gable hybrid) 5-9

HENNIE GRAAFLAND STAR ASTILBE
Astilbe simplicifolia 'Hennie Graafland' 4-9

JEKYLL`S WHITE COMMON PERIWINKLE
Vinca minor `Jekyll`s White` (V.m. `Gertrude Jekyll`) 4-9

WINE PERIWINKLE
Vinca minor `Atropurpurea` 4-9

BOWLES` COMMON PERIWINKLE
Vinca minor `Bowles` Variety` 4-9

VULCAN RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Vulcan` (H-2) 5-8

GOLDEN GUINEA JAPANESE ROSE
Kerria japonica 'Golden Guinea' 4-8

WHITE LILYTURF
Liriope muscari `White` 5-11

GROUND MASTER HOSTA
Hosta x `Ground Master` 4-8

DWARF PURPLE RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron impeditum (H-2) 5-8

VISIONS ASTILBE
Astilbe chinensis 'Visions' 4-8

AUTUMN FERN
Dryopteris erythrosora 5-9

FROSTY CURLS SEDGE
Carex albula 4-9

CAROLINA ALLSPICE
Calycanthus floridus 5-9

YAKU PRINCESS RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Yaku Princess` (H-2) 5-9

TRILBY RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Trilby` (H-2) 5-8

SCARLET WONDER DWARF RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Scarlet Wonder Dwarf` (H-2) 5-8

ROSEUM ELEGANS RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Roseum Elegans` (H-1) 4-9

ROCKET RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Rocket` (H-2) 5-8

RAMAPO RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Ramapo` (H-1) 4-8

P.J.M. RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `P.J.M.` (H-1) 4-8

NOVA ZEMBLA RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Nova Zembla` (H-1) 4-8

LEE`S DARK PURPLE RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron hybrid `Lee`s Dark Purple` (H-2) 5-9

LORD ROBERTS RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Lord Roberts` (H-2) 5-8

SPRITE DWARF ASTILBE
Astilbe simplicifolia `Sprite` 4-8

FANAL ASTILBE
Astilbe x Arendsii `Fanal` 4-9

GREEN CARPET VINCA
Vinca minor `Green Carpet` 4-9

VARIEGATED COMMON PERIWINKLE
Vinca minor `Variegata` (V.m. `Argenteovariegata`) 4-9

MRS. MOON LUNGWORT
Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon' 3-8

BERTRAM ANDERSON LUNGWORT
Pulmonaria longifolia `Bertram Anderson` 3-8

GREEN SHEEN JAPANESE SPURGE
Pachysandra terminalis `Green Sheen` 4-8

SILVERY SUNPROOF LILYTURF
Liriope muscari `Silvery Sunproof` 5-11

MAJESTIC LILYTURF
Liriope muscari `Majestic` 5-11

LILAC BEAUTY LILYTURF
Liriope muscari `Lilac Beauty` 5-11

GIANT LILYTURF
Liriope gigantea 5-11

VARIEGATED PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta undulata 'Variegata' 3-8

FRANCES WILLIAMS PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams' 3-8

GOLDEN TIARA PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Golden Tiara` 3-9

PATRIOT PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Patriot` 4-8

HALCYON PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x tardiana `Halcyon` 4-8

VARIEGATED PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta fluctuans `Variegated` (H. x 'Sagae') 4-8

WIDE BRIM PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Wide Brim` 3-8

SERENDIPITY PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Serendipity` 3-8

ELEGANS PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' 3-8

KROSSA REGAL PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Krossa Regal` 3-8

GOLD STANDARD PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta fortunei 'Gold Standard' 3-8

GOLDEN PRAYERS PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Golden Prayers` 3-8

ROYAL STANDARD PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x plantaginea `Royal Standard` 3-8

FRANCEE PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Francee` 4-8

KIKUTII PRUINOSA PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Kikutii Pruinosa` 3-8

INVINCIBLE PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Invincible` 3-8

GINKO CRAIG PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Ginko Craig` 3-8

EOLA SALAD BOWL PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Eola Salad Bowl` 3-8

HOTTSY TOTTSY PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Hottsy Tottsy` 3-8

EOLA SAPPHIRE PLANTAIN LILY
Hosta x `Eola Sapphire` 3-9

ROYAL HERITAGE? STRAIN LENTEN ROSE
Helleborus x hybridus Royal Heritage TM Strain 5-9

GOLDEN JAPANESE FOREST GRASS
Hakonechola macra `Aureola` 4-9

ALASKAN FERN
Polystichum setiferum 5-9

LUXURIANT FRINGED BLEEDING HEART
Dicentra x `Luxuriant` 2-8

FOX RED CURLY SEDGE
Carex buchananii 5-9

PURPLE GEM RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron x `Purple Gem` (H-1) 5-8

APHRODITE ASTILBE
Astilbe simplicifolia `Aphrodite` 4-8

RHEINLAND ASTILBE
Astilbe x Arendsii `Rheinland` 4-9

DEUTSCHLAND ASTILBE
Astilbe x Arendsii `Deutschland` 4-9

INSHRIACH PINK ASTILBE
Astilbe simplicifolia `Inshriach Pink` 4-8

Hope you find some lovely plants for your garden from this list!

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