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!

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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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