Shade loving perrenials - Knowledgebase Question

Rives Jct, Mi
Question by jpm656
April 14, 2009
I live in Michigan and am looking for some common shade loving perrenials I have hostas but would like to add some color any recomendations?


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2009

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Hostas are everyone's first thought when it comes to plants for shady gardens, but there are lots of others to include:

Astibe - comes in a variety of colors and produces clumps of fluffy flower spikes - best planted in groups some varieties can grow up to 40" tall. Plant in rows with the 20" variety in front, 30" in the middle and 40" in back for a colorful display.

Foxglove - These impressive flowers can grow up to 5 feet tall and have large spikes filled with bell shaped flowers. Comes in a variety of colors.

Lily Of The valley - dainty white bell shaped flowers give off a wonderful fragrance. They grow to about 6" tall.


Ostrich Fern - This green shade loving perennial produces giant feathery leaves all summer. It grows anywhere from 40 - 60" and is very tropical looking.

Trollius - In bright orange or lemon yellow, these grow to about 2 ? feet. They bloom from June to July and make great cut flowers.

Variegated Solomon Seal - this interesting shade loving perennial grows to about 20" and has yellow rimmed green leaves on arched stems. It produces dainty white flowers in spring and dark blue berries in fall.

Virginia Blue Bells - Lavender bell shaped clusters adorn this very hardy and easy to grow plant. Grows to around 2 feet tall.

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