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Long Living Perennials for Shade

By daylily
June 19, 2013

Twenty-seven years ago I planted my first perennials, shrubs, and trees around the Ohio home where I currently live. The natural soil is heavy, poorly draining clay that is almost impossible to dig into, so I have added a lot of organic matter to the perennial beds. We have summer temperatures up to 105 and winter temperatures of -25. Years with little rain, and years with lots of rain. This area was once considered zone 5, but the latest update now has it as zone 6. I've grown many perennials through the years. Many grew one or two seasons and then never appeared again. Some were plagued with insect or disease problems that I didn't want to deal with. A few had no problem surviving - I had a problem with them spreading or setting seed that grew everywhere.

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Jun 19, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Since I moved to Pittsburgh in 2003, we have gone from zone 5 to 6 as well. And the soil that came with my house was clay. I've amended an area or 2 each year, having yet to do my long narrow shade bed.

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I have already discovered about 1/2 of the plants you mentioned. Now, with the guidance of this article, I shall go forth and seek out the others!

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Jun 19, 2013 2:49 PM CST
Thank you!

It does sound like we might have similar conditions.

These are all plants that have proven the test of time here, that's for sure.

I would think they would do well for you too.

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