Asked on Jul 15, 2018

Shade garden needs help!



My neighbor just trimmed his tree on property line leaving a brand new area to plant between my garage and fence. Any ideas on what to plant? Started with coleus and hostas but need suggestions! Would love to add some stepping stones!

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  • Vimarhonor
    on Jul 15, 2018

    Hello Deb,

    Nice choice! Theres an amazing variety with coleus - that’s an excellent start. I’m in zone seven — heres some of my favorite perennial shady site choices.

    Coral bells, astilbe, pulmonaria are some of my favorites. Be sure to check with your cooperative extension local master gardeners are there waiting to give you advice, they also may have local plant sales, My local MG office has plant sales twice a year. Acquiring plans directly from a local garden is easy way to acclimate to plants vs an imported greenhouse varity from a big box retail store.

    Your selections for your situation would depend on your planting zone and lighting situation, colors and textures that you like. In my case coleus will not overwinter and is considered an annual.

    Again—a great resource is your local Cooperative extension. These offices are manned by a wonderful team of master gardeners that know your local situation quite well. They can be contacted by personal visit, phone call or Internet. Consider googling up your local extensions office. They are there waiting to lend their expert advice. Volunteering back hours and community outreach and education is part of maintaining the Master Gardener accreditation. Consider helping out the MG by allowing the MG to help you.

    There's also email ( submit a photo) Q&A resources that have helped me many times.

    Finally Heres a web link for your consideration. Hope this helps Deb.

    Happy gardening!

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