Partial shade to shade gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Altamonte Springs, Fl
Question by dollyrkw
May 1, 2010
I have very large oak trees in my yard that provide wonderful shade for 95 percent of the landscape. What perennials or annuals, other than impatiens or coleus would you recommend for zone 9, zip 32701? I am looking for color without shrubs. There is no direct sun, only dappled sunlight through the tree canopy. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2010


There are all kinds of shade tolerant perennial plants. Here's a list - hope you have room for them all! Acanthus mollis (bear's breech), Aechmea distichantha (Brazilian vaseplant), Ajuga reptans (carpet bugleweed) Alocasia macrorrhiza (giant taro), Alpinia zerumbet (variegated shell ginger), Alstroemeria psittacina (parrotlily), Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine), Aristea ecklonii (blue flies), Aspidistra elatior (iron plant ), Asplenium nidus (bird's nest fern ), Caladium bicolor (caladium), Canna X generalis (canna), Chlorophytum comosum ( spider plant), Coleus x hybridus (Flame Nettle), Crinum asiaticum (grand crinum lily), Cyrtomium falcatum (holly fern), Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom ), Farfugium japonicum (leopard plant), Globba winitii (dancing ladies ginger), Hedychium coronarium (ginger lily) Helleborus orientalis (lenten rose), Hosta, Kaempferia laotica peacock ginger), Liriope muscari (liriope), Lycoris squamigera (surprise lily), Mitchella repens (partridge berry), Monstera deliciosa, Muscari spp. (grape hyacinth), Nephrolepis exaltata (sword fern), Ophiopogon japonicus (mondo grass), Oxalis latifolia (broadleaf woodsorrel), Pentas lanceolata (pentas), Peperomia obtusifolia (blunt-leaved peperomia), Phaius tankervilliae (nun orchid), Philodendron bipinnatifidum (cut-leaf philodendron), Primula vulgaris (primrose), Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink), Strelitzia reginae (bird-of-paradise), Trillium underwoodii (purple toadshade), Vinca minor (common periwinkle), Viola sororia (violet), Zamia pumila (coontie), Zephyranthes grandiflora (rain lily), and Zingiber zerumbet (pinecone ginger).

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