Janice H
Janice H
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Asked on May 8, 2012

making a flower garden with very little sun

Debi MGarden InspireDouglas Hunt
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  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 8, 2012

    I'm not sure how much sun you mean by very little, Janice, but in terms of annuals, the best bet for shade remains the rather ubiquitous impatien. If you're thinking of perennials, here are some that will take all-day shade: baneberry, brunnera, lily of the valley, Solomon's seal (the variegated form is particularly nice), pulmonaria and tiarella, or foam flower.

  • Janice H
    on May 8, 2012

    i have a lot of maple trees that shade my front yard very little sun

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 8, 2012

    The suggestions I gave you should work in deep shade. Another for the list: epimedium. You are not going to have a showy flower garden in those conditions, but you can have a beautiful mix of plants with small flowers and a wonderful combination of foliage and textures.

  • Pam
    on May 8, 2012

    Douglas, could she use hostas and geraniums. I wish I had shade because I like the shade plants best. But, alas have to work with what I have. Unfortunately, it's all sun and lots of it.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 9, 2012

    Pam, hostas would certainly be an option. Those with golden foliage, like "August Moon," can really light up a shady space. I doubt that geraniums would be happy.

  • Erica Glasener
    on May 9, 2012

    Janice, Hostas are great for shade but not dry shade. Douglas has a good suggestion with Epimediums. You could also try hellebores and the wonderful variegated Solomons Seal. I have Solomon's Seal and the native Christmas fern in dry shade and it does well.

  • Pam
    on May 9, 2012

    Thanks. love your advise.

  • Janice H
    on May 10, 2012

    thank you so much for all the advice.Because of deer liking hostas i couldn't use them.Looking forward to planting this weekend Thanks Douglas,ready to shop.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 10, 2012

    It's prime time for planting where you are, Janice. Enjoy!

  • Debi M
    on May 10, 2012

    I love my shade garden. I have a huge magnolia tree in my yard so I also have to be careful of what I plant on the south side of my home. I miss my maple tree. Hurricane Irene took it last August : (

  • Garden Inspire
    on May 31, 2012

    Some other shade lovers: Perennials - Coral Bells (Heuchera), Spiderwort (Tradescantia), Columbine (Aquilegia), Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis), Violets (Viola), and true Geranium (Geranium - not Pelargonium the bright colored flower grown as an annual in cooler climates) Annuals - Begonias, Pansies (Viola), Coleus Groundcovers - Sweet Woodruff (Galium), Veronica (low growing - not spike varieties)

  • Debi M
    on Jun 1, 2012

    There are also varieties of caladiums that do well in the shade. The showy leaves offer color. I love the hellabores because the flower lasts so long. On one side of my shade garden I planted gladiolas and they are doing great. Naturally, by this post you can see that I have a partial shade garden.

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