Mid-South Gardening forum: Shade plants you love

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 21, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Beside hostas, which grow quite well here in NC, what shade plants do you love? Since you are also mid-South gardeners, what grows well for you? I have several very large willow oaks, so the front of the house stays pretty shaded. I would like more variety of plants, but ones without the need for constant care. Perennials are preferred, but I am open to all suggestions. Can you help?
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
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Cuzz4short
Dec 6, 2015 5:44 PM CST
My azaleas seem to be doing great in the darker ends of the house. I have over 20 that are bushing well from propigation 2 years ago.
I still have about 5ish more left over to plant still. I can save one for ya this spring... they fit fine in a 1.5 gal container right now. I have coral pink and Christmas cheer (red) they fill the whole plant with blooms. They get to about 3 ft wide, 5 high..
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 7, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Thanks Gabe, I do have azaleas and rhodos. I completely forgot about the one in the shade in front of my house. Duh! I could plant a couple more in the redone garden space I am building over the winter. Thanks for posting and reminding me!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener Region: United States of America Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cuzz4short
Dec 7, 2015 10:53 AM CST
No problem. Azeleas are my fav. I'd probably name a daughter that one day
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener Region: United States of America Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cuzz4short
Dec 7, 2015 10:54 AM CST
My holly seems to do great and another berry bush I have
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 7, 2015 11:19 AM CST
My hollies do well with at least partial sun. This area will have parts that are in total shade. That is what I need to find plants for.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Katie
Oktibbeha Co., MS (Zone 8a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders!
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kchd
Dec 29, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Depending on your soil moisture, I would recommend the following plants.
Actaea pachypoda (Doll's Eyes)
Anemone quinquefolia (Wood Anemone)
Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-Pulpit)
Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)
Campanula americana (Tall Bellflower)
Chasmanthium latifolium (River Oats)
Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh)
Eupatorium coelestinum (Mistflower)
Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)
Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)
Phlox divaricata (Wild Blue Phlox)
Podophyllum peltatum (May Apple)
Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon's Seal)
Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)
Smilacina racemosa (Solomon's Plume)
Solidago flexicaulis (Zig Zag Goldenrod)
Trillium sp.
Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort)
"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics." — Aldo Leopold
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 29, 2015 2:06 PM CST
Thanks for the list. I have some cristata. I keep forgetting that Columbine can be used in shade!

Do you have good luck with Trillum? I love them. I grew up in Michigan where it is against the law to pick or disturb the wild ones. They may like sandier soil than what I have though.

I will have to see if any of these are carried locally. Plant Delight's probably has many of them and they are just over in Raleigh.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Katie
Oktibbeha Co., MS (Zone 8a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders!
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kchd
Dec 29, 2015 9:44 PM CST
You can find a Trillium species to fit just about any situation in the eastern US. Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) should do well for you since it is native to the southeastern US. It likes rich, well drained soils and is available commercially. I just moved in July. I don't have any yet, but it's just a matter of time. LOL.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFind...
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2015 8:12 AM CST
Hydrangeas!
Elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta.)



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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 30, 2015 7:40 PM CST
My neighbor has glorious oak leaf hydrangeas but they grow in sun. Will the others do better in shade? Otherwise, I will have some space in an area with morning sun.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Katie
Oktibbeha Co., MS (Zone 8a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders!
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kchd
Dec 31, 2015 8:56 AM CST
Lestv said:My neighbor has glorious oak leaf hydrangeas but they grow in sun. Will the others do better in shade? Otherwise, I will have some space in an area with morning sun.


They will do just fine in shade. I find them growing in lovely colonies in deep hardwood coves around here.
"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics." — Aldo Leopold
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 31, 2015 7:13 PM CST
That is great news! Thanks!!!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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