deep shade/bright sun plants - Knowledgebase Question

Cocoa, Fl
Question by lmacarthur
March 30, 2010
what type of plant and/or shrub can be used in extreme shade, no sun ever or direct sun, no shade ever..


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010

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There are very few plants that will grow in both deep shade and direct sunshine so I'm wondering if you have two separate sites - one in deep shade and the other in full sunshine? If so, here are some plants for you to consider. Shade first:
The evergreen groundcover epimedium thrives in shade and this one is a tidy clumper, good for squeezing into crowded gardens. Its flowers are a combination of purple and white, and the new spring foliage is becomingly flushed with red. Cornus canadensis (unalaschkensis) Bunchberry; Partial to full shade, humus-rich soil. Spring flowers; bright red berries in summer. Grows 2"-10". Gaultheria ovatifolia (Slender Wintergreen); Adaptable, best in moist shade and acid soil. Flowers in late spring to summer. Evergreen. 4?8" tall. Linnaea borealis (Twinflower) Partial to full shade. Late spring flowers. Low (1") evergreen. Spreads readily by stolons. False Lily-of-the-Valley; Moist shade to partial shade. Spring flowers. Plant only where you want it to spread! 3? 12" Oxalis oregona (Wood Sorrel) Wet or dry shade. Spring/summer flowers. 2? 6" Vancouveria hexandra (Inside-out Flower) grows in sun to shade; flowers in spring. 4? 16" Adiantum pedatum (aleuticum), called Maidenhair Fern. Grows best in moist shade. Deciduous. Delicate, lacy fronds. 12?30".

Full sun plants:
Aesculus parvifolia - Bottlebrush buckeye; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - Bearberry; Aronia spp. - Chokeberry; Buddleia davidii - Butterfly bush; Calluna spp. - Heather; Chaenomeles x superba - Japanese flowering quince; Clethra alnifolia - Sweet pepperbush; Comptonia peregrina ? Sweetfern; Cornus mas - Corneliancherry dogwood; Cotinus coggygria - Smokebush; Cotoneaster spp. - Cotoneaster; Erica spp. - Heath; Exochorda racemosa - Pearlbush; Forsythia sp. - Forsythia; Hydrangea paniculata - Panicle hydrangea; Hypericum prolificum - Shrubby St. John?s wort; Itea virginica - Virginia sweetspire; Myrica pensylvanica - Bayberry; Philadelphus coronarius - Mockorange; Physocarpus opulfolius - Ninebark; Potentilla fruticosa - Bush cinquefoil; Rhus spp. (aromatica, copallina, typhus) -Ornamental sumac; Rosa rugosa - Saltspray rose; Rosa virginiana - Virginia rose; Spirea spp. - Spirea, many species; Syringa spp. - Lilac; Vaccinium angustifolium - Lowbush blueberry Viburnum dentatum - Arrowwood.

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