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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: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Jan 26, 2016 2:42 PM CST
At the risk of enciting a riot, I love this plant at the base of trees - it colonizes quickly, the variegated leaves are a nice bright spot, and the airy flowers are pretty as well. I do realize this can be a thug in some regions, but for me it has just not been a problem. My friend had some growing all along the north side of her house with a mix of mature shrubs, and it was stunning. I would hesitate to introduce it to a perennial flower bed, but I find it quite useful as a reliable filler for shady spots. I control the spread by mowing.

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