Got that shady spot in the landscape where you just can’t get plants to grow? Well I’ve got a few shady characters that will do the job for you. For shady characters to grow in that shady garden take a look at these shade lovers:
Hosta – so many great hosta today with wonderful foliage, and flowers to brighten up any shady area.
Lamiastrum – try Herman’s Pride, a shade lover groundcover with great variegated foliage and yellow flowers.
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost – Perennial of the Year, blue spring flowers and great silver veined foliage.
Pulmonaria or Lungwort – try Diane Claire with great solid silver foliage.
Lily of the Valley – wonderful foliage groundcover with white bell like flowers.
Ligularia – The Rocket with bold handsome foliage with spikes of bright yellow flowers getting up to 5’ tall – pretty impressive in the shade.
Variegated Bishop’s Weed – a wonderful variegated shady groundcover
Epimedium or Barrenwort – heart shaped leaves, love the shade and will compete with tree roots – flowers yellow and red.
And don’t forget the ferns! So many wonderful ferns, some evergreen, some deciduous, some staying low and some reaching 4-5 feet – and simply eat up those shade gardens,
When it comes to shade gardening, there are varying degrees of shade, and in some cases, shading from surrounding plants can make these locations dry, so keep those factors in mind…and maybe limb up or thin a few plants to get away from deep shade, and also realize you’ll need to water more as these plants get themselves established, due to the lack of rainfall if protected by larger plants.
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