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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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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I helped beta test the first seed swap
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Jan 25, 2016 3:11 PM CST
I don't have many shade plants in my garden yet (most of my backyard gets atleast a few hours of sun during the late spring and summer months), but love blue during the hot summer months, blue flowers have a way of cooling down hot days and so I do have a hydrangea that I wanted to nominate:

(This is the cultivar I believe mine to be, but I am not positive.)

I don't have my own photo to share because we received a blue hydrangea as a potted plant gift last year and decided to try planting and growing it, but it's too new to have much to show for itself yet. Not to mention that it went pink on me and I couldn't get enough acid worked into our clay soil to get it to go back to blue. I have something of a partnership with the workers at Starbucks now, though, and hopefully I'll have some beautiful blue blooms to show next season.
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
Jan 25, 2016 3:18 PM CST
I love hydrangeas in woodland settings, they make a wonderful contrast to lower growing shade plants. Thumbs up
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 28, 2016 8:34 PM CST
Have to admit I am kind of shocked that Hydrangeas have not gotten more comments, between the colors and the size of the flowers. A great shade shrub.

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