Shade Plants

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* TOLERATES DEEPER SHADE

+ TOLERATES ONLY DAPPLED SHADE.  Will not thrive or bloom in medium to heavy shade.

 

 

PERENNIALS

  Acanthus

  Aconitum – Monkshood

+Adenophora – Lady Bells

+Alchemilla sp.  – Lady’s Mantle

+Amsonia

  Anchusa azurea

  Anemone sp. – fall and spring

  Aquilegia – Columbine

  Artemesia lactiflora

*Aruncus – Goatsbeard

*Asarum – Wild Ginger

  Asters, woodland types

  Astilbe

  Astrantia

  Begonia grandis (zone 6)

*Bergenia

*Brunnera macrophylla – Forget me not

  Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold

+Campanula species – Bellflowers

+Centranthus – Valerian

  Cerastostigma plumbaginoides – Plumbago

*Chelone – Turtlehead

  Chrysogonum

*Cimicifuga – Snakeroot

*Convallaria majalis – Lily of the Valley

  Corydalis lutea – Yellow bleeding heart

  Cyclamen – hardy varieties (zone 6)

*Cypripedium – Lady’s Slipper

  Dicentra species – Bleeding heart, Dwarf bleeding heart, Dutchman’s Britches

+Dictamnus albus – Gas plant

  Digitalis sp. – Foxgloves

*Dodecathon meadia – Shooting Star

  Doronicum caucasium, *pardalianches-Leopardsbane Daisy

+Echinacea purpurea – Coneflower

*Epimedium sp.

*FERNS of all kinds

  Filipendula sp.

*Galax

 Gentiana

 Geranium sp. – Cranesbills      *G. macrorrhizum takes deepest shade

*Helleborus sp. – Christmas, Lenten Rose

+Hemerocallis sp. – Daylilies

*Hepatica

  Heuchera – Coral Bells especially burgundy leaf hybrids

*Hostas

+Hypericum sp. – St. Johnswort

  Iris – Japanese, I. cristata

*Kirengoshoma

  Lamiastrum

*Lamium

*Ligularia sp.

+Lilium – certain sp.

*Liriope muscari – Lilyturf

  Lithodora

*Lobelia cardinalis, siphilitica – Cardinal Flower

*Mertensia – Virginia Bluebells

+Monarda – Bee Balm

  Myosotis – Forget Me Nots

  Omphalodes verna

*Phlox stolonifera, divaricata

+Physostegia – Obedient Plant

*Podophyllum – Mayapple

  Polemonium sp – Jacob’s Ladder

*Polygonatum, Polygonum – Solomon’s Seal

*Primula sp. – Primroses

*Pulmonaria – Lungwort

*Rodgersia

*Sanguinaria – Bloodroot

*Smilacina racemosa

*Stylophorum – Celandine Poppy

  Thalictrum sp. – Meadow Rue

*Tiarella – Foamflower

  Tradescantia – Spiderwort

*Tricyrtis – Toadlily

*Trillium

  Trollius – Globeflower

  Viola – Violets

 

HARDY BULBS

  Camassia

  Colchicum – Autumn Crocus

  Eranthus – Winter Aconite

*Erythronium – Trout Lily

  Fritillaria sp.

*Galanthus – Snowdrops

  Leucojum – Summer Snowflake

  Muscari – Grape Hyacinths

*Narcissus – Daffodils

  Scilla sp. – Squill

  Tulips (some of them)

 

 

GROUND COVERS 

*Ajuga reptans

*Asarum – Wild Ginger

*Convallaria – Lily of the Valley

*Cornus canadensis

*Epimedium

*Euonymus fortunei

*Galium odoratum – Sweet Woodruff

*Gaultheria procumbens – Wintergreen

*Geranium macrorrhizum

*Hedera helix – English Ivy

  Hypericum calycinum – Creeping St. Johnswort

*Lamium ‘Aurea’

*Michella repens – Partridge Berry

*Mosses

*Pachysandra

*Phlox stolonifera

  Veronica prostrata

*Vinca – Myrtle

 

GRASSES

  Carex morrowii

  Deschampsia cespitosa – Tufted Hair

  Imperata cylindrica – Japanese Blood Grass

*Liriope

*Luzula nivea

  Uniola latifolia

 

Note:  you can push the limits of sun that most Miscanthus will take and grow them in dappled shade.

 

VINES

 Clematis paniculata – Sweet Autumn Clematis

*Euonymus sp.

*Hedera helix

  Hydrangea petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea

*Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Boston Ivy

  Polygonum – Silver Lace Vine

 

 

SHRUBS

  Abelia

  Acuba japonica (zone 6)

  Amelanchier – Shadbush

  Azalea sp.

*Buxus – Boxwood

  Calycanthus floridus – Carolina Allspice

  Camelias (Zone 7)

  Chamaecyparis obtuse – Hinoki Cypress

  Cornus sp.

  Corylopsis – Winter Hazel

  Corylus sp. – Hazels

  Cotoneaster salicifolia

  Daphne

  Enkianthus

*Euonymus sp.

*Fothergilla sp.

  Hamamelis – Witch Hazel

  Hydrangea sp.

    *(H. arborescens, H. quercifolia)

+Hypericum – St. Johnswort

*Ilex sp. – Hollies

*Kalmia – Mt. Laurel

*Kerria japonica

*Leucothoe sp.

*Mahonia (Zone 6)

  Myrica pennsylvanica – Bayberry

  Pieris – Andromeda

  Pyracantha – Firethorn

  Rhododendron

  Skimmia japonica (Zone 7)

*Taxus – Yew

  Tsuga canadensis – Hemlocks

  Vaccinium – Blueberries

  

ANNUALS

+Bacopa

  Balsam

  Begonias

  Browalia

*Caladium

  Coleus

  Fuchsia

*Impatiens

  Mimulus – Monkey Flower

  Nicotiana

  Torenia

  Violas & Pansies

 

HERBS

  Angelica

  Chervil

*Comfrey

  Lemon balm

  Mints

  Rue

  Salad Burnet

*Sweet Cicily

  Verbena

*Wild Ginger

*Wintergreen

 

 

SLUG PROOF PLANTS

  Anemone japonica

  Astilbe

  Bleeding Heart

  Candytuft

  Coral Bells

  Epimedium

  Foxglove

  Impatiens

  Ivy

  Most tall ferns

  Scilla campanulata

  Solomon’s Seal

  Thalictrum

  Wintergreen

  Woodruff

  

SHADE PLANTS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS

  Azalea

+Campanula – Bellflower

  Columbine

  Fuchsia

  Heuchera – Coral Bells

+Lilium

*Lobelia cardinalis

+Monarda – Bee Balm

  Nicotiana – Flowering Tobacco

+Physostegia – False Dragonhead

+Weigela

 

TREES

 (To grow under higher canopy – will tolerate light shade)

 

  Acer palmatum – Japanese Maple

  Cercis  canadensis – Redbud

  Chionanthus virginicus – Fringetree

  Cornus florida – Dogwood

  Franklinia altamaha

  Hamamelis viriginiana- Witch Hazel

  Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Rain Tree

  Laburnum watererii – Golden Chain Tree

 

SYMBOLS USED:

*  TOLERATES DEEPER SHADE

+  TOLERATES ONLY DAPPLED SHADE.  Will not thrive or bloom in medium to heavy shade.

 

 

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