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Shade-Tolerant Flowers
by Diane Linsley

The question I'm asked most often is, "What will grow in the shade?" There are plenty of sun lovers, but shade-tolerant plants are rare. Your local nursery will probably recommend hostas and ferns. But what about flowers?

Most "shade-tolerant" plants actually prefer part shade. Very few plants can survive in full shade. A few hours of morning sun is ideal. Sunlight filtering through the leaves of deciduous trees is fine.

Other factors to consider are soil quality and water. Most shade-tolerant plants enjoy rich, moist soil. Only a few will survive in poor, dry soil. You may have to experiment to see which plants will work in your garden. Here's a list of plants that can be grown in varying amounts of shade.

Perennial Flowers for Shade

Allium cernuum
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Aubrieta 'Whitewell Gem'
Belamcanda chinensis
Bronze Fennel
Campanula (Bellflower)
Centranthus ruber
Cheiranthus allionii
Digitalis (Foxglove)
Dracocephalum
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)
Eupatorium maculatum
Euphorbia polychroma
Hesperis matronalis
Hyssopus officinalis
Lilium (Lily)
Lobelia cardinalis
Lupine
Lychnis
Myosotis sylvatica
Nepeta 'Blue Infinity'
Penstemon calycosus
Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
Platycodon (Balloon Flower)
Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder)
Pulsatilla vulgaris
Rudbeckia
Ruta graveolens
Sidalcea malviflora
Tanacetum (Feverfew, Tansy)
Thalicturm (Meadow Rue)

Annual Flowers for Shade

Aster chinensis
Blue Woodruff
Bupleurum 'Green Gold'
Centaurea cyanus
Cynoglossum amabile
Impatiens balsamina
Monarda citriodora
Nemophila maculata
Nicotiana
Nolana paradox
Phlox drummondii
Rocket Larkspur
Verbena bonariensis
Viola tricolor


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