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Name: Charlene
Southwest, MI (Zone 6b)
May 8, 2016 7:36 PM CST
I am new to gardening. I live in Zone 6 and am in need of help.
First I need 2 tall shrubs to frame a window that thrive in shade.
I also need plants of varying heights for west side on the house that gets afternoon sun.
Name: Christie
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May 9, 2016 7:54 AM CST
Welcome! Perhaps a Yew, Sky Pencil Holly, or Hetz Japanese Holly might work for your shady area. Maybe an Azalea also.
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Name: Amanda
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May 9, 2016 8:07 AM CST
Sky pencil was also my choice for the window.

Afternoon sun: coneflowers, Asiatic type lilies, daylilies, tall phlox, salvia, roses (come in just about every height and every color except true blue), bee balm.

Those are a few that I can think of right off the bat. Smiling
Name: Charlene
Southwest, MI (Zone 6b)
May 9, 2016 9:29 AM CST
Thank you! Thank You!
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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May 9, 2016 10:10 AM CST
Welcome! HI Charlene! How about some hydrangeas or giant hostas??
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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May 9, 2016 8:20 PM CST


Drive around your neighborhood, see what may be growing in the light conditions you describe, see if there is something you are attracted to. Do you have a local nursery with knowledgable staff? (not a big box store Rolling my eyes. ) They may give you some suitable suggestions to get you started.
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Name: Charlene
Southwest, MI (Zone 6b)
May 10, 2016 10:16 AM CST
I've looked up the Pencil Holly and the others. There is virtually no sun. We purchased Giant ferns. Does anyone know if the holly will live...The care says it needs some sun.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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May 10, 2016 10:19 AM CST
I'm not sure where in southwest Michigan you are located but Garden Crossings in Zeeland is a great nursery and I love Romence Gardens in Grand Rapids. They are very helpful.

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