Best low maintenance perennials for north facing low to no sun areas?

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Looking to take out 30 years old evergreens and clean up front of house.

q best low maintenance perennials for north facing low to no sun areas
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  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Oct 19, 2018

    Hi Kel, what a lovely house. Here is a website that shows hundreds of perennials for what you want, and if you click on the image, then on 'view text' it will tell you what the plants are, and all about them. Good luck:


    https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrE192kVcpbMlsArylXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=low+maintenance+perennials+for+north+facing+light&fr=mcasa

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 19, 2018

    What zone are you in?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 19, 2018

    If less maintenance is the goal, then yes, definitely remove all these bushes. Besides being an ongoing nuisance leaning over at awkward angles to keep trimmed, they look squashed due to being planted too close to the house.


    You are on the right track with the landscaping rock covering the ground. To achieve a clean, modern look that is the same no maintenance year-round, go completely with rock coverage, planting nothing in the ground. If you do still have your heart set on flowers, then put them only in large stone pots or planters.


    The front of the house is very linear and the walkway is narrow. To enhance the curb appeal, my suggestion is to instead of perennials, spend some money on widening the walkway, and curving it towards the driveway. This in itself would soften the 'squared off look' to the portions of the yard and integrate the driveway with the facade of the house.

  • Edie Edie on Oct 19, 2018

    Hi gardener! Tell us your zone...because what works in my climate might not in yours! My first thought is Hosta. But ...in my opinion, and I have lots of perennials, they are always more work than shrubs. Most need to be dug up and divided every couple of years, as well as removing dead leaves and spent blooms. Might want to consider some easy shrubs like dwarf nandina that looks good with some color in all seasons or a dwarf gardenia. I have both in shady spots. Add the perennials in between with thought to having a mix that bloom at different times. Stella d oro daylillies are a tough plant...they like sun but I believe they do ok with shade too.

  • Vel Vel on Oct 19, 2018

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Pretty much along the same thought lines that I had. We shall go from here.