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Question by memah6
April 6, 2010
I have a lot of shade in the front of my house, but I like flowers. Can you please suggest flowering shrubs and perennials that will work.

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2010
There are a number of hardy plants you can grow in the shade. Some shrubs to consider include Fiveleaf Aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus), Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), Fothergilla (Fothergilla spp.), Holly (Ilex verticillata) and Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica). Perennials you might add include Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia), Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia cultivars and hybrids), Allegheny Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), ferns, hosta and Hellebore (Helleborus spp.) There are dozens of others you'll find in the garden center and you might try filling in bare spots with shade loving annuals such as impatiens, lobellia and pansies. Enjoy your garden!

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