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Old 10-12-2015, 06:16 PM
 
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Can someone recommend some winter plants growing in shade?

Zone: 7 (DC area)

Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:05 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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DC is zone 7? Really? If I ignore that, and remember something that hangs in in zone 5 for the winter, I vote Liriope. In the spring you can mow it down and let the fresh new growth take over.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:07 PM
 
Location: NC
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hellebore is great. takes until the third year to really take off but then makes a nice bedful
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Old 10-15-2015, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Evergreen shrubs
Sarcococca - sweet box - several species - will flower in pretty deep shade, flowers are inconspicuous but smell heavenly - check w/local nurseries to see which they recommend
Holly
Mahonia, Camellia - depending on how shady, may not flower well, but make a really nice foliage plant

Perennials
Hellebore - they're great, flower well
Hosta - colorful foliage, very tough
Violas

Whoops - scratch Hosta, it's winter-dormant (you should still plant it though!)

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Old 10-16-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Some native options:
Leucothoe (acid soil, many cultivars such as Girard's Rainbow)
Paxistima canbyi (alkaline soil, poor rocky soil rare native plant)
Kalmia Latifolia aka Mountain Laurel ( acid soil, good air circulation. There are a ton of cultivars to pick from.)
Carex flaccosperma AKA blue wood sedge (most soils)
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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There are many varieties of evergreen daylilies. They are a carefree plant.
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