Shade loving plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pattykellihe
April 21, 2009
I have a very large front porch that gets late afternoon sun (about 2-4 hrs day) I would like to put potted plants or trees that can handle a lot of shade. Any recommendations? I live in SC zone 8. Thanks, Pat


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Answer from NGA
April 21, 2009

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Consider the following flowering perennials: Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle), Astilbe (Meadowsweet), Anemone, Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Campanula (Bellflower), Chrysogonum (Goldenstar), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Cimicfuga (Bugbane), Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie), Helleborus (Christmas Rose), Hemerocallis (Day Lily), Heuchera (Coralbells), Siberian Iris, Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells), Polygonatum (Great Solomon's Seal), Primula (Primrose), Trillium Grandiflorum (Wakerobin), Lysimachia (Gooseneck Loosestrife), and Pulmonaria (Lungwort). You can also try many, many varieties of Hosta. Groundcovers such as Ajuga, Pachysandra, and European Ginger would also be suitable for containers.

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