What to plant?

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I'm considered as Zone 7 in the gardening world. I have an extremely shaded area I would like to make more attractive. At the moment I can only think of planting Hosta's. Really appreciate "any" suggestions, thanks.

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 02, 2018
    Perennials for shade....Heuchera,bleeding hearts, columbine,hosta....annuals for shade....fushia,non-stop begonia, elephant ears,New Guniea impatients,Coleous,Torenia,bon fire begonia,
  • Annie Annie on Mar 02, 2018
    a mix of hosta, caladium, astilbe, impatiens, coleus. If you can, try to find varigated hosta (most often green and white) Be aware that deer love hosta if they are prevalent where you live. Good luck!

  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 02, 2018
    Ferns! They’re hardy and love shade. There are quite a few perennails, too. Not, “house ferns”, ask your garden department which type for outdoors.
  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 02, 2018
    I forgot to mention Hostas! They’re shade-loving. We have Hostas planted in the sun, and have to spray W10 on them to keep them from burning.
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 02, 2018
    I’m in zone seven as well, I’ve had success with ground covers like vinca and sedums, flowers hellabore, pulmonaria, and astilbe. Coleus are annuals but can give a big wow factor with their fancy leaf shapes and colors. Planters and pots can assist in shady area- some areas under trees can be quite dry and inhospitable to root development and survival.
  • Amanda Amanda on Mar 02, 2018
    Hello. Ferns, bleeding hearts, and astilbe also make a good addition to a shade garden. These are all perennials and will come back every year.
  • Abcbefg Abcbefg on Mar 03, 2018
    Thanks to all your wonderful suggestions.
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