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Old 05-26-2015, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I have a bed that is well shaded, (not deeply shaded) It gets about 4 hours of morning sunlight in the summer and then is in bright shade, under tree canopies for the rest of the day. I struggle with what to put there. My hostas don't do too well there. They do better in the other bed that gets 6 to 7 hours of sunlight. My foxgloves do tremendously, but being biennial, always need to be replanted. My bleeding hearts are lovely, but peter out after spring. I haven't been able to come up with plants that really like this spot and prospers. My bishop's weed and jack in the pulpit are fair to middlin' there. There is also a rose bush there that gets leggy but produces lovely roses none the less. Suggestions?
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I have a bed that is well shaded, (not deeply shaded) It gets about 4 hours of morning sunlight in the summer and then is in bright shade, under tree canopies for the rest of the day. I struggle with what to put there. My hostas don't do too well there. They do better in the other bed that gets 6 to 7 hours of sunlight. My foxgloves do tremendously, but being biennial, always need to be replanted. My bleeding hearts are lovely, but peter out after spring. I haven't been able to come up with plants that really like this spot and prospers. My bishop's weed and jack in the pulpit are fair to middlin' there. There is also a rose bush there that gets leggy but produces lovely roses none the less. Suggestions?
Don't know what zone you're in, but I'll make some suggestions.
Primula for early Spring; late Spring Virginia Blue Bells. There are hostas that prefer shade; Solomon's Seal. Coral Bells might also work as well as columbines.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:20 AM
 
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In my shade garden, I have:
  • Hostas
  • Virginia Bluebells
  • Several different ferns
  • Columbines
  • Pulmonaria
  • Coral Bells
  • Lupine
  • Toad Lily
  • Spotted Dead Nettle
  • Phlox
  • Brass Buttons

I agree that there are several varieties of hosta that do well in deeper shade. My "Mouse Blue Ears" does fine with very little sun.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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I have Hellebores in my very shady yard. They bloom before anything else in early spring and have attractive foliage the rest of the year (here in Raleigh they generally are evergreen).

Lamium will also do well in shade. I have it here and had it in NY as well.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I love caladium for color and variety and they should do well in that environment.
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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astillbe-very lacy looking


ajuga
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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Ferns?
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Ferns?
oh yea-forgot about ferns.


good idea!
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