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 28, 2016 6:34 PM CST
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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I love Rhododendrons for shade. All year long their deep green foliage is beautiful, and in May (in my zone 6b garden), their trusses burst into dramatic color: red, pink, magenta, purple, and white.

I live on a windy hilltop, so my rhododendrons need to be tough. The cultivars 'Scintillation' and 'Helsinki University" shown in the last photo below are two of my most dependable cultivars. The one in the first photo is very dependable too, but I'm not sure what cultivar it is (possibly 'Roseum Elegans').

Rhododendrons (Rhododendron)

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