Tall, Shade-loving, Flowers, is there such? - Knowledgebase Question

Lynn, Ma
Question by donnajbreau
May 14, 2008
I want to plant wildflowers along the 36' back border of my yard that receives minimal sun. Hostas grow nicely but I want height (3' - 5') for privacy.

The soil is very rocky as my house was built on ledge over 100 years ago.

Can you suggest a wildflower/flower that will serve my purpose adding a variety of color and height?

I so hope you can offer suggestions. Thanks in advance.

New England beginner

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2008


If hostas are happy in the area, the following plants should be, too:
Aquilegia caerulea Wild Columbine
Asarum canadense Ginger, Wild
Centaurea cyanus Cornflower
Cheiranthus allionii Siberian Wallflower
Collinsia heterophylla Chinese Houses
Coreopsis lanceolata Lance-Leaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis tinctoria Plains Coreopsis
Dianthus barbatus Sweet William
Dicentra cucullaria Dutchman's Breeches
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove
Hesperis matronalis Dame's Rocket
Lathyrus latifolius Sweet Pea
Linaria maroccana Baby Snapdragon
Linum grandiflorum rubrum Scarlet Flax
Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum
Mirabilis jalapa Four O'Clock
Myosotis sylvatica Forget-Me-Not
Nemophila maculata Five Spot
Nemophilia menziesii Baby Blue Eyes
Oenothera lamarckiana Evening Primrose
Silene armeria None-so-Pretty
Tiarella cordifolia Foamflower
Viola tricolor Johnny-Jump-Up

Hope this list gets you started on your shade garden.

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