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Create a Shade Garden9/1/2015


Shade gardens definitely have their attributes.  Shade plants tend to have more dramatic foliage forms and shapes, such as big leaved Hostas and lacy ferns.  One can easily create a very elegant shade garden without any flowers.  There are fewer insects in a shade garden.  In some climates shade is necessity, providing a cool retreat from the scorching sun.  Many plants that require full sun in the north require some shade in the south.  Most contemplation gardens are shady, as it is difficult to reflect on the universe’s complex issues in the scorching sun.

 

PERENNIALS FOR A SHADE GARDEN

Acanthus

Aconitum

Acorus (grass)

Ajunga

Alchemilla

Anemone

Aquilegia

Aster dumosus

Astilbe

Begonia

Bergenia

Brunnera

Campanula

Carex (grass)

Dicentra

Digitalis

Epimedium

Euonymus coloratus

Eupatorium

Euphorbia

Ferns

Galium

Geranium

Hakonechloa (grass)

Helleborus

Heuchera

Heucherella

Hosta

Houttuynia

Iris (cristata)

Lamiastrum

Lamium

Ligularia

Liriope

Lobelia

Lysimachia punctata

Mertensia

Orphiopogon

Phlox stolonifera

Polemonium

Polygonatum

Pulmonaria

Rodgersia

Sagina

Tiarella

Tradescantia

Tricyrtis

Vinca

Viola

 

 

Interesting Combinations of Plants to Create a Shade Garden

 

Hosta

Veronica Georgia Blue

Tassel Fern

Phlox subulata

Astilbe

Christimas Fern

Geranium Brookside

 

 

Interesting Combinations of Plants to Create a “Dry” Shade Garden

 

 

Geranium Brookside

Christmas Fern

Carex Ornamental Grass

Epimedium