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 22, 2016 8:11 PM CST
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Out of all my ferns this one is the most appealing to me:


It enjoys a drink now and then but, since it's in shade and close to the house, it doesn't dry out. It arrives in spring in late April and only died back in early December 2015. It's not greedy for space and fills a niche with a gentle look.
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Jan 22, 2016 8:40 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Oh I love the maidenhair fern!
It was also my favorite fern, when I could grow ferns, where I used to live Thumbs up
(I have managed to kill some of the toughest ferns where I live now so I don't bother Sad )
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Jan 23, 2016 4:00 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
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Maidenhair fern has long been my favorite of all the ferns, with 'Ghost' fern coming in a close second. Despite the delicate lacy look, maidenhair ferns are extremely tough and hardy here. I planted 50 plugs in the Turtle Garden about three years ago. Starting to fill in nicely now.

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Jan 23, 2016 6:33 AM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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I agree...I have limited success with ferns but maidenhair does well and lends a lovely fine texture to the landscape.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Jan 23, 2016 8:57 AM CST
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Terri - I do love the coloring on Ghost but they have enormous root balls! I dug one for a friend and next time I'll have someone else do it.
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