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Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 12, 2014 1:38 PM CST
After adding onto our house, we ended up with this little shady spot between the new porch and the main house; it's only about 4 ft x 5 or 6 ft, and is shaded most of the day, even though it faces south. And as you can see from the roof line, it's going to get BURIED in snow in the winter. Anyone got ideas for what might survive there? Preferably something with flowers?
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 13, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Woffie, the addition looks great!!! Thumbs up Are you thinking of perennials or annuals???? Shrug!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 13, 2014 6:39 PM CST
I was hoping to put in perennials. Anyone have any experience with Toad Lilies? They're supposed to like moist and be hardy, I think? And they're really pretty.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 13, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Astilbe? Foxglove? Bleeding hearts? Heucherella?

Also, Woofie, close to the house like that you can likely grow things that are a little less hardy than what you would plant out in the open yard somewhere.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 13, 2014 10:54 PM CST
There are many different Campanula, Monkshoods does well for me, Jacobs Ladder, Columbine, Hostas are great and have beautiful blooms, they come in many sizes so you wound want to consider which cultivar you choose.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 13, 2014 10:58 PM CST
Hmmm, Bleeding heart is a thought....and I have some seeds coming. Smiling
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woofie
Oct 13, 2014 11:01 PM CST
Oh, I hadn't thought of using Campanula there! And I do like Campanula. Worth a try!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 14, 2014 7:27 AM CST
I've always wanted to try Monkshood -- thanks for reminding me, Margaret!
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 14, 2014 8:39 AM CST
Sandy, they are lovely plants, I have 2 cultivars, a dark purple and a bi-color white and light purple, both were given to me by a neighbor about 12 years ago so they are long lived. They prefer a mostly sunny location but do fairly well in light shade too, and the bees love them.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Oct 14, 2014 8:40 AM CST
That spot might be great for Blue poppies? Meconopsis?
Or try Lady Bells? Adenophora lillifolia?
Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 14, 2014 9:59 AM CST
If I could get my hands on Meconopsis plants, I'd love to try them there. I have some seeds (probably too old Sighing! ) that I am going to try wintersowing in that corner. Haven't had any luck getting the seeds to germinate so far, tho. I've tried several times.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 22, 2014 11:42 AM CST
Well, I have a few plants for my spot so far. I had a leftover blue Campanula pyramidalis so I'm going to put that at the back. Thanks for that suggestion, I would not have thought of using it there. And, I also had a leftover monarda, so I'm going to put it next to the campanula (what the heck, it might get enough sun there).
I think toad lilies will do well there, so I have some ordered that should arrive today, along with a couple of small anemones. For ferns, I ordered some lady ferns and a Japanese painted fern. Also included a hellebore I've been drooling over. Smiling
Couldn't find any bleeding heart this time of year, but I'm going to try the seeds over the winter and if they don't work out, I should be able to find plants come spring. AND, in researching ferns, I discovered that my very favorite fern, Maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillis-veneris) is hardy to zone 5b, so I just might be able to include one of those in this spot. Smiling
I appreciate the suggestions, and I AM going to try those Meconopsis seeds again. Does anyone know if it's possible to order Meconopsis plants anywhere?
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 22, 2014 2:11 PM CST
Here's a snap of my new toad lilies, that came complete with a couple of blooms!
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 22, 2014 3:55 PM CST
Woofie, those are lovey, pretty color. Thumbs up
Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 22, 2014 4:02 PM CST
They're really tiny, only about an inch across. But they're so cute and I think they'll look really nice peeking out of a mass of ferns. Smiling
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 22, 2014 4:08 PM CST
I think that will look nice. I love ferns, I have had 3 wood ferns for several years and the other day I found a baby about 4 inches tall, it was so cute, but it was growing between a rock and cement so I moved it, I don't know if it will survive as the small roots broke off. Sad
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Jan 10, 2015 6:03 PM CST
I just came upon this thread and have a question if you don't mind. Is Monkshood and monkscap the same or am I calling my monkshood a monkscap? Here is a picture of it.
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Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Jan 10, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Monkshood and Monkscap are both common names for Aconitum which is what is in your picture. Smiling
Name: Jeanne
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gardenglassgems
Jan 10, 2015 9:15 PM CST
Thank You! I thought they were the same thing but wanted to be sure.
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Jasmin
May 1, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Woofie,

If you need a small bush there, Kerria would probably work:

http://www.gardensinthewood.com/kerria-japonica-pleniflora-d...

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