Shade Perennials & Annuals - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, No
Question by baabaashop
September 25, 2009
I live in a townhome and just decked in what used to be the grassy area. Between the deck & fence is my gardening spot & I'm stuck with shade for the most part! Even my favorite annuals are struggling to grow to any height. Any recommendations?

Answer from NGA
September 25, 2009


It's difficult to find perennials that thrive in the shade but there are some native plants that don't seem to mind the shade so you might use these as a backbone to your garden and fill in around them with shade loving annuals such as lobelia, impatiens, ferns and hostas. I have good luck with bleeding heart in my shady garden so you might add it to your list. Here are some shade lovers native to NC:

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), Wild ginger (Asarum canadense), Trout lily (Erythronium americanum ), Sharp-lobed hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba), Alumroot (Heuchera americana), Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens), Cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnomonea), Solomon's seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Oconee bells (Shortia galacifolia), and Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia).

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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