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Plants for Shady Garden

What grows best in the shade? We have a raised box 15 x 4 next to the house. It is almost completely shaded by our carport. We are looking for things that will grow there. I don't think this area gets more than a couple hours of sun, if that, so it can't even be considered partial shade. Will anything: plants, flowers, vegetables, etc. grow here? Thanks for any help!


Hardiness Zone: 5b

By Angela from Wickliffe, OH

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August 19, 20100 found this helpful

You can't go wrong with hosta, but look beyond the basic green ones. There are varigated ones that add such a nice look, and can brighten up a shady spot. Also try huchera and ferns. Things may take longer to grow, but when cared for well, they will grow. Heres more:

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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

There are many ground covers that probably would do well in the shade, pachysandra comes to mind right off.

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August 19, 20100 found this helpful

We have a 12'x55' space between two mobile homes. There is an apricot tree and a cherry tree, and they create full shade. A few violets are doing well there, but I would like to add some shade-loving plants of medium and low height. Can you suggest a few good plants for an intimate garden?


Hardiness Zone: 5a

By Coreen Hart from Rupert, ID


Plants for Shady Garden

Hostas are a good shade loving perennial. Some bushes that grow in the shade are azalea, and rhododendron, and the best annuals for shady areas are impatiens. They come in a variety of colors, and they bloom throughout the summer. (07/27/2009)

By Patricia Eldridge

Plants for Shady Garden

Fern or coleus would work. Also, any type ground cover. (08/03/2009)

By Sandra H. Spence

Plants for Shady Garden

Could be a great spot to grow a patch of lettuce and spinach for salads. You could always grow some tomatoes in pots in the sun elsewhere and have a nice addition to your meals. (08/03/2009)

By Gina Johnston

Plants for Shady Garden

Shade perennials:

  • astilbe
  • bleeding heart
  • columbine
  • ferns
  • hardy cyclamen
  • hellebore
  • heucherella
  • hosta
  • lily-of-the-valley
  • periwinkle
  • poker primrose
  • polemonium
  • sweet pea, perennial
  • Tradescantia (spiderwort)
  • Tradescantia, Blushing Bride

By emmamamie

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