Colorful Shade Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Marshall, MI
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Question by hoffmanb1
April 13, 1998
I would like some ideas of what plants to purchase for the following shaded areas:
1.) Under a maple tree, gets east morning sun.....
2.) Along the south side of house, minimal sun
3.) Along west side of house, between yews, shade until
late in afternoon.

Answer from NGA
April 13, 1998
In your conditions there are quite a few perennials that will thrive. Here are a few to consider: Aconitum (Monkshood), Actaea (Baneberry), Aegopodium (Bishop's Weed/Snow on the Mountain), Ajuga (Carpet Bugle, ground cover with flowers), Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Asarum (European Wild Ginger, ground cover), Bergenia (Saxifrage), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Chelone (Turtlehead), Cimicfuga (Bugbane/Snakeroot) - sounds bad, looks good! Astilbe, columbine, and daylilies will thrive in the spots that get a little sun; bleeding hearts and lily of the valley tolerate denser shade.


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