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Jul 30, 2011 11:17 AM CST
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Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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If someone were starting a new shade garden- what is the top 5 shade lovers that should be in every garden?

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Jul 30, 2011 1:05 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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I would go with Heuchera for just about any color you could want. Helleborus will flower before most spring bulbs and the flowers last much longer, also it is a nice compact almost evergreen plant. Athyrium ( Japanese Painted Ferns) for texture and silvering color. Hakonechloa Grasses they are compact and have nice coloring and give movement with just the slightest breeze. And Tiarella for unique leaf shape and color, I think it is the most underused of all plants plus it does great in dry shade.
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Jul 31, 2011 6:30 AM CST
Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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I'm learning and watching and waiting to hear everyone elses favorite shade plants!
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Jul 31, 2011 2:55 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Hostas would be my first choice! Then I would add Heuchera, Ferns, Brunnera and Colocasia 'Mojito'. Unfortunately, in my area the colocasia have to be potted up and kept inside during the winter. Also like impatiens, but that would make it 6 choices! Is it allowed to have 6 choices? *Blush*

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Jul 31, 2011 3:51 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Here's a picture of one bed with hostas, ferns, colocasia and a shade grass.
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Here's a leaf of colocasia 'Mojito'

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Jul 31, 2011 7:36 PM CST
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Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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You may have 6 Hilarious!

Beautiful!
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Jul 31, 2011 7:41 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Thank you! If I could have seven, I would also suggest the shade grass! Hakench-something or other! 'All Gold'! I can't ever remember the name of that! But it is very pretty!
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Jul 31, 2011 8:36 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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I think Bob named just about everything in my shade garden, lol. And Rose got the hostas.

But, here's the *other* 5...
1. Aquilegia - Columbine
2. Pulmonaria - I can't believe how tough that plant is.
3. Trilliums - from a reputable nursery, not dug from the wild, of course. But the whites have the prettiest flower and the yellow has the prettiest leaves.
4. Hydrangea - do shrubs count?
5. Astilbe - if you have a damp-ish spot, they do like their water.

Is this a list for you, Trish, or in general? Another one with both flowers and beautiful leaves are the Cyclamens - the C. hederfolium tops out in 9b, so I would guess it would be fine in your area.
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Jul 31, 2011 9:20 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Rose it is Hakonechloa Macro All Gold a kind of Japanese Forest Grass. I have to add Ginger to the list very hard to keep it to only 5.
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Aug 1, 2011 10:05 AM CST
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Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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It's a great list, Sheryl!

I figure that lots of people would like to find out a good starting place for new shade gardens.

After all, gardeners are awful good enablers Rolling on the floor laughing
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Aug 1, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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Sheesh, no kidding. Jae Rae has me looking at Fleece Flower all morning, trying to find a good reason not to get it.... Big Grin
In the end, only kindness matters.

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Aug 3, 2011 1:17 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dicentra (bleeding hearts)
geranium (cranesbill)
hosta
ferns
aruncus (goartsbeard)
ligularia
aquilegia (columbine)
polygonatum (solomon's seal)
berginia
pulmonaria
viola

that's my five twicely Big Grin
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Aug 3, 2011 4:11 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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count on you! Big Grin
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Aug 3, 2011 7:04 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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Huh.... the geraniums bloom for you in the shade?
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Aug 3, 2011 7:50 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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there are cranesbill that bloom in full shade sheryl. This is 'Ballerina' which is my fav. It only gets a couple of hours of late day sun
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I am SO disorganized with my pics *Blush* They are just filed by date. I will put my shade pics in a new 'Shade' folder when I find them and post more geraniums.

A kickbutt columbine to make you smile (and forget that I can't find my geranium pics) Smiling
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Aug 4, 2011 6:19 AM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Both of those are spectacular!!

Green with envy Big Grin
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Aug 4, 2011 9:46 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Don't have any pictures.
Bleeding heart
hosta
nursery trillium
Astilbe
Lilies of the valey ( I know they spread, whoopie)
ginger
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Aug 6, 2011 7:21 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
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Wow, Ballerina is amazing, Dnut. I'm going to have to keep my eyes out for that one.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Aug 8, 2011 3:10 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Its hard to choose five but top five I will go with
Astilbe

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Heucheras

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Hostas

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Cyclemine

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epimediums
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Aug 8, 2011 2:23 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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ge,

Your astilbe are beautiful! I have some, but they don't seem to get as big as yours. What's your secret?

Rose

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