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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 24, 2016 8:38 PM CST
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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
Astrantia is an understated flowering plant but is one of the longest blooming plants there is in my garden. It is not only trouble free but has the desirable effect of repelling slugs. The small delicate pincushion like flowers are produced in profusion all season long. The foliage is clean and clear and attractive at all times. It is well behaved and hardy. It would be a wonderful addition to any shade garden. Pictured below are Star of Billion, Vanilla Gorilla, Abbey Road and Lars varieties.

Greater Masterwort (Astrantia major)

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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Jan 25, 2016 7:10 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Amaryllis Dog Lover Dragonflies Foliage Fan Hostas Houseplants
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers hot summers Daylilies Critters Allowed Annuals
I agree Astrantias are a great addition to the shady garden. They are a beautiful background plant and I love how they intermingle with other plants, like your Star of Billion echoing the Hosta colours. That is a beautiful picture Jeanie! Florists love Astrantia as well because the flowering bracts are so long lasting in arrangements. They will self seed themselves as well, tucking themselves into little gaps in the soil. They are easy to remove and pass on to gardening friends if they are not wanted.
Jan 25, 2016 12:42 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
For years I've been intrigued by Astrantia, now I'm convinced I need to try some this year!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Jan 25, 2016 3:09 PM CST
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Annuals Herbs Heucheras Canning and food preservation Irises Lilies
Region: Minnesota Native Plants and Wildflowers Peonies Sedums Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
I agree Jeanie and Debbie. They bloom such a long time and although the flowers aren't large in themselves, the whole plant blooming is a lovely addition to the garden. I especially like your Abbey Road Jeanie.
Jan 25, 2016 3:23 PM CST
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
One of my favorites, understated elegance, they also make great cut flowers Thumbs up Thumbs up
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