The All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden Plants: We all wind up being shade gardeners

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The All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden Plants

By dave
May 3, 2014

Let's open Shade Gardens week with a list of the most active entries in our database. Among the thousands of plants that want full or mostly shade, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!

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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
Jun 11, 2014 6:05 PM CST
A wise woman once told me that almost everyone eventually gardens in the shade....and I have found it to be true. Trees and shrubs get larger every year and sunny areas in the yard shrink. I don't mind at all. I have many favorite shade plants and I always find a calming atmosphere in my shade gardens. Here are some of my favorites, perennials only, in no particular order:

Groundcovers: sweet woodruff, cranesbills, lamium, ginger
For foliage:coral bells, hosta, solomon's seal, maidenhair ferns, goatsbeard
For flowers: anemone (both spring and fall blooming), astrantia, bleeding hearts, bowman's root, brunnera, celandine poppy, columbine, cranesbills again, crested iris, lady's mantle, lungwort, jacob's ladder, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, primroses, tiarella, toad lilies, violets, woodland phlox, turtleheads, merrybells, yellow wax bells

Happy shade gardening!

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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Jun 11, 2014 6:32 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Beautiful photographs, thank you for posting them. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.

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