Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Question by CCR600
September 3, 2009
I have a garden with a tree in the middle so some of the garden gets some sun and the backside gets little. I am having a had time finding perennials that have flowers to grow in the shady area. I am also looking for ones that are on the taller side so you can see them behind the ones planted in the front of the garden. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
September 3, 2009


The University of Illinois Extension Service put together the following list of perennials for shady sites:
Bugleweed?Ajuga reptans; Snowdrop anemone?Anemone sylvestris; Columbine?Aquilegia x hybrida; Jack-in-the-Pulpit?Arisaema spp.; Wild Ginger?Asarum canadense;
European Wild Ginger?Asarum europaeum ; False Spirea?Astilbe spp.; Japanese Painted Fern?Athyrium nipponicum ?Pictum?; Heartleaf Bergenia?Bergenia cordifolia;
Siberian Bugloss?Brunnera macrophylla; Black Snakeroot?Cimicifuga racemosa; Lily-of-the-Valley?Convallaria majalis; Yellow Corydalis?Corydalis lutea; Bleeding Heart?Dicentra spp.; Foxglove?Digitalis purpurea; Red Barrenwort?Epimedium x rubrum ; Ferns (various species); Sweet Woodruff?Galium odoratum; Cranesbill?Geranium spp.; Lenten Rose?Helleborus orientalis; Coral Bells?Heuchera sanguinea;
Plantain Lily?Hosta spp.; Deadnettle?Lamium maculatum; Lilyturf?Liriope spicata;
Cardinal Flower?Lobelia cardinalis; Virginia Bluebells?Mertensia virginica; Japanese Spurge?Pachysandra terminalis; Variegated Solomon?s Seal?Polygonatum odoratum ?Variegatum?; Lungwort?Pulmonaria saccharata; Meadowrue?Thalictrum spp.;
Foam Flower?Tiarella cordifolia; and Globeflower?Trollius europaeus. With so many possibilities, I hope you find just the right plants for your shady garden. Enjoy!

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