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freekenny 
Posted: 21-Jul-2004, 01:40 AM
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Shade Tolerant Plants...I would recommend trying a variety of the Ornamental Grasses! Not only are a majority of them shade tolerant but drought & all around harsh weather tolerant..I have pompous, mammoth, Japanese blood grass, red tailed hawk.. the list goes on and on...Ornamental grasses are just good because no matter the soil they will grow and if you plant a variety it is possible to have some color in your yard year 'round! That is what I enjoy the most with my ornamental grasses ~smile~ The sizes are going to vary and if you want a 'full' look plant a variety of them in patches..makes for a really pretty display and takes the 'bareness' out of the yard...Another good thing about the grasses I have found is pets don't want to bother them...this has been my experience..some of the grasses have 'prickly' plumes and that isn't 'attractive' to pets biggrin.gif
I have also had luck with growing all types of 'mints' without a lot of sun..once the mints, and there are so many varieties, 'take off' watch out! It gives a lot of color and there are some such as the peppermint family that have blooms that are pretty..not only do they give you something to look at besides a barren yard but, they act as a natural bug repellant, good to use for flavor in foods and beverages, good for ailments such as respitory/sinus problems..and the fragrance of the mint family is truly spectacular...
For a hearty flower that is really pretty try the Foxglove..Suggested use: Shaded areas, wildflower mixes, waste places. Again, available in a variety of colors, most common is the deep purple...Also, I have had a lot of luck with different wildflower mixes..They tend to grow in any type of soil!


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Ferns love shade!

As a matter of fact... they live for it!!!
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QUOTE (dragonboy3611 @ 11-Nov-2004, 03:12 PM)
Ferns love shade!

As a matter of fact... they live for it!!!
~Adam~ lol.gif

Ahhh...ferns. Love ferns. I really never had a place to plant them, though. Maybe my next home will have a nice shady area.


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QUOTE (Avonlea22 @ 12-Nov-2004, 08:34 PM)
QUOTE (dragonboy3611 @ 11-Nov-2004, 03:12 PM)
Ferns love shade!

As a matter of fact... they live for it!!!
~Adam~ lol.gif

Ahhh...ferns. Love ferns. I really never had a place to plant them, though. Maybe my next home will have a nice shady area.

O'siyo,
~ Wow! I honestly didn't know that ferns love the shade! rolleyes.gif I never have had much luck with them and now I figure it was due to me making certain they had plenty of sun..duh! nerd.gif
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QUOTE (freekenny @ 30-Nov-2004, 05:49 PM)
O'siyo,
~ Wow! I honestly didn't know that ferns love the shade! rolleyes.gif I never have had much luck with them and now it I figure it was due to me making certain they had plenty of sun..duh! nerd.gif
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I believe there are a few varieties that can tolerate full sun, but generally, they like part sun to shade.
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Posted: 28-Jan-2005, 10:25 PM
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How could I forget Spiderwort ?
It loves the shady spots on the side of my house,
Blooms and blooms, with ferns at its feet,
Happy and carefree, a very happy plant!

http://www.gpnc.org/spiderwo.htm

http://www.lib.ksu.edu/wildflower/spiderwort.html

http://www.main.nc.us/naturenotebook/plant...spiderwort.html


http://home.att.net/~larvalbugbio/spiderwort.html

I have clumps of the dark vivid blue and some white..
It is prolific, infact , it hitched a ride on some Day Lilies,
and has been with me ever since ..
I have a few clumps in full sun as well, and they get so tall,
I need to use peony rings on them..

Give this happy, shade loving plant a home in your garden,
You will be glad you did !

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Might also want to try astilbe....they come in such pretty pinks, reds and whites now. And they do just fine in shade. They have these feathery spikes of flowers that come on around July. They tend to bush a little, so they clump up rather than sprawl.

If you're looking for something to put under those silver maples that will give you some winter interest, try Lenten or Christmas Roses...um...latin name...::snaps fingers:: Hellebores. See? Knew I'd get it! They want shade in the warm parts of the year, but like sun in the winter, when they start to bloom. Just a thought.


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Posted: 29-Jan-2005, 03:02 PM
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Funny how they bloom so differenty in differnt zones..
Astilbe here are done by the beggining of May ,, and die off fast
Lenten Roses usally come with the sugar snow, and leave with it..
They most of the time, do not even make it until May ..

So depending on your Zone, is when they come to colour,,
Right now I have several sorts of snow drops.
peeking their wee brave heads through the snow and ice...

They are so couragous ! I love seeing them !

http://www.theplantexpert.com/springbulbs/...s/Snowdrop.html

Here are some pictures of the differnt kinds ..

http://www.broadleighbulbs.co.uk/plantlist...s/snowdrops.htm

Not a shade plant, but a snow one wink.gif

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