Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Jan 21, 2016 4:31 PM CST
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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Heucheras and heucherellas come in a huge range of colors and many different shapes. They are easy to grow (happy in the garden or in containers) and easy to propagate, they provide evergreen interest when other plants are dormant, and they are useful for textural contrast or 'transition' planting between clumps of brightly colored flowers. Some are happy in sun or shade, others prefer shade or semi-shade.



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Jan 21, 2016 7:31 PM CST
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Heuchera can be a challenge in my zone 3 garden but I keep trying! The more hardy, simpler Coral Bells have better survival, but those fancy leaved Heuchera keep calling me lol. They can be expensive annuals so I try to get them at a bargain price. Will see what has survived come spring; I'm always hopeful!


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Jan 21, 2016 7:44 PM CST
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Debbie, try propagating a few from each plant before winter - they root really easily if you pull off small offshoots, no need for any piece of root from the parent plant. Then keep the 'babies' indoors over the coldest months. We usually do that 'just in case' or in order to increase our stock of favourite plants. Great photos!
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Jan 21, 2016 9:20 PM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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Love these plants in containers for year around color.

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As well as in the garden


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Jan 23, 2016 3:43 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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Julia, what's the plant with maple-like leaves and white flowers in the third picture? I love it!
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Jan 23, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Hydrangeas Photo Contest Winner 2018 Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator
Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan

That's an early spring picture.
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Jan 23, 2016 3:53 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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