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10 Plants That Will Grow in the Shade

Updated on May 8, 2017
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I love gardening, garden design, learning gardening techniques and photographing plants. I was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society.


Have you ever planted seedlings, bulbs, and cuttings with great enthusiasm and considerable expense, only to find that the plants become weedy and die off? I certainly have! And what a disappointment it was.

You do all that work—clearing, digging, planting and watering—only to find it was all in vain, and you begin to wonder whether there's any point in even trying to create a nice garden.

It helps to know which plants actually need or tolerate shade, and which ones need bright sunshine and will simply fail to thrive in the shade.

It helps to be imaginative and think about how the plants would grow in their natural habitats—are they woodland plants, or sun-loving plants which grow in open ground, like meadows, or even desert?

I have found out the hard way that it's no good planting sun-loving plants in the shade, or shade-loving plants in the sun. It has taken years of trial and error to discover what plants will tolerate shade and which ones simply don't flower or wither and die when they are not in full sun. Most of the plants listed below will grow in dappled shade but you may be lucky and find they grow in full shade.

Here are the secrets I have learned about shade-loving plants, through trial and error.

10 Plants That Tolerate Shade

  1. Bergenia

  2. Vinca Major and Vinca Minor

  3. Solomon's Seal

  4. Bleeding Heart - Dicentra Spectabilis

  5. Hellebore

  6. Mahonia

  7. Forget-me-not

  8. Hellebore

  9. Pulmonaria

  10. Azalea

Learn more about each below.

Bergenia grows well in shade.
Bergenia grows well in shade. | Source

1. Bergenia

  • Big green leaves with pink flowers in spring and early summer.
  • Evergreen (sometimes known as elephants' ears), low lying, about 1 - 2 feet high.
  • Bergenia is a very hardy plant which spreads very gradually. It flowers in mid to late spring for about two months and you can propagate it by tearing off a few leaves and stem with some roots attached.

Vinca minor makes good ground cover and even grows under trees.
Vinca minor makes good ground cover and even grows under trees. | Source

2. Vinca Minor (aka Periwinkle)

  • Small, shiny leaves; small violet star-shaped flowers in spring and then intermittently during summer and autumn.
  • Good ground cover. Vinca is evergreen and low-lying and gradually spreads, so needs to be kept under control.

Vinca Major
Vinca Major | Source

3. Vinca Major

  • Similar to Vinca minor, but slightly larger leaves and flowers, and not quite as hardy, so make sure it is watered when very dry.
  • It will grow in dappled shade.
  • Propagate by tearing off a few stems which have rooted.

Solomon's seal flowers in spring.
Solomon's seal flowers in spring. | Source
I suspect that Edward Lear's drawing of "Manypeeplia upsidedownia" was based on this plant.
I suspect that Edward Lear's drawing of "Manypeeplia upsidedownia" was based on this plant.

4. Solomon's Seal

  • A root which puts out a few stems in spring with tiny, white, drooping flowers tinged with green.
  • The flowers last about two months and gradually the plant dies off and disappears, only to return the following spring.

Dicentra spectabilis flowers in spring.
Dicentra spectabilis flowers in spring. | Source

5. Dicentra Spectabilis (or Bleeding Heart)

  • In spring, roots put out stems with soft, interesting-shaped leaves with a small dark pink or sometimes pink-and-white flower which does indeed resemble a heart.
  • It flowers for about two months and looks lovely grown near bergenia and Solomon's seal.
  • Propagate by dividing the roots after it has finished flowering. I have never found it very easy to increase and usually end up buying more plants.

Hellebore has a long flowering period from late winter to late spring.
Hellebore has a long flowering period from late winter to late spring. | Source

6. Hellebore

  • There are numerous types of hellebore, including the one called Christmas rose which flowers shortly after Christmas and is fairly low growing, with palmate leaves. Some of them are taller.
  • They are mostly creamy white tinged with green, sometimes with mauve or pink colours.
  • They flower for about three months, sometimes more, and when they die back, they put out new leaves which are very attractive in their own right and ensure the garden doesn't look bare in winter.
  • You can propagate them very easily from seeds which form in large seedpods when the flowers have finished. Be very careful, though, when harvesting the seeds. It is best to wait until the seed pods dry out and then just shake them into a container or collect them from the ground.

Note: This summer, I picked the seed pods whilst the seeds were still green and spent about twenty minutes squeezing the seeds out of the pods, so that my fingers were in constant contact with the sap. I began to feel a tingling pins-and-needles feeling in my fingers and thumbs and it got so bad that I had to sit down and my hands were almost paralyzed and burning.

After a few more minutes, I realized what had caused the problem and ran my hands under cold water to wash away the juice. My fingers turned very red, almost purple, and were throbbing.

After 24 hours they were worse, and I went to the doctor. She said I had done the right thing washing off the poison, and prescribed an emollient cream to rub on, and I certainly needed that.

Over the next few days the skin on my fingers and thumbs turned almost black and became so hard that I could actually hear them scratching like a beetle when I tapped them on the table. They were very painful and burning, and I couldn't bear to come into contact with anything for a few days.

It took nearly two weeks for the dead skin to peel off and the pain to go away, leaving a rather red-looking layer of skin underneath, which eventually took on a healthier hue and there were no lasting ill effects. It was pretty scary at the time though.

Mahonia flowers in spring and then bears purplish-black berries.
Mahonia flowers in spring and then bears purplish-black berries. | Source

7. Mahonia

  • Mahonia is an evergreen shrub with very shiny dark green leaves, a bit like holly and just as spiky, with purple-black berries from autumn through winter, and a mass of bright yellow tiny frothy flowers in spring.
  • They multiply by sending out sucker-type shoots, so keep them under control. The type I grow (Mahonia aquifolium) is fairly short, no more than 3 feet high, but my neighbours have a different type which is more like a tree, about 10 feet high.

Forget-me-nots are very prolific, and seed themselves abundantly, flowering in spring.
Forget-me-nots are very prolific, and seed themselves abundantly, flowering in spring. | Source

8. Myasotis (Forget-Me-Not)

  • They range in colour from bright to pale blue, some tinged with pink, with soft small leaves, and flower in late spring for about four months.
  • Forget-me-nots are about 6 - 8 inches high and quite bushy.
  • They are annuals, not perennials, but always seed themselves abundantly, so they never go away if the position is right for them. They grow in sun and shade.
  • After a few years, they tend to spread and become invasive, but it's easy to control them by digging up unwanted plants. The trouble is, it's tempting to keep them anyway, because a sea of blue spring flowers round a garden is breathtakingly beautiful.

Pulmonaria has speckled leaves which provide interest before and after it flowers in spring.
Pulmonaria has speckled leaves which provide interest before and after it flowers in spring. | Source

9. Pulmonaria

  • Small pink and blue flowers and green leaves speckled with white spots.
  • Pulmonaria is a small perennial which grows to about a foot high, flowering in late spring.
  • It can be propagated by dividing the plant and roots after it has flowered.

Azalea shade-tolerant plant flowering in spring.
Azalea shade-tolerant plant flowering in spring. | Source

10. Azalea

  • This is a shrub which comes in many different bright, almost fluorescent colours to pale mauves, pinks, whites and oranges and can be anything from dwarf (1 foot high) to about 6 feet, depending on the type.
  • Azaleas flower in late spring and need to be kept watered in dry weather.
  • They also benefit from being fed with Sequestrene or anything else suitable for Ericaceous plants.

Always Check Whether New Plants Are Shade or Sun Lovers

That is the best way to avoid disappointment!

Are there any shade-tolerant plants you like?

Hellebore | Source

Let me have your comments and views - I love to hear from people with similar interests

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      lakshyaa 7 years ago

      Nice lens. It was an interesting read!

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      sandralynnsparks 7 years ago

      Ummm....your Solomon's Seal looks like a magic plant from Hogwarts! ;)

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @sandralynnsparks: Ha;; Sandra

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      I am looking for shade tolerant plants at the moment as I am changing over to a garden which needs a lot less water.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I have a shade yard, where the grass won't grow but the moss does...actually very pretty...I have most of the plants mentioned and a couple I will try...thanks for sharing...5*

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      If I had any shade in my back garden I would love to grow some hydrangeas but it's far too sunny to do so. As for digging up the lawn, we can't afford to waste the water on grass - it's all vegetables, cassava, corn, yams and lots of salad greens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I'm expanding my hummingbird garden to include a nearby tree. I want to plant some bleeding hearts but I wasn't sure what else. Thanks for the tips.

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      Natalie W Schorr 7 years ago

      I have good results with Nandinas in shade. I will have to try some of your suggestions!!!

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      Chazz 7 years ago from New York

      Hi. Returning the visit and so glad I did. This is a Great lens - as someone who has a mostly-shade garden I can relate! A great site for info on shade and all other plants is DavesGarden.com. I already grow all of the ones you mentioned plus shade-loving ferns and hostas too. 5 star lens!

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      A very useful lens, and beautiful too! I find Hosta do well in the shade, but slugs love them too! 5* lens.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Very informative lens and lots of good advice. I am always careful in the garden and wear gloves at all times, unless I am sure there is danger. That was a horrendous experience with your fingers. Well done and top marks. Have lensrolled it to Save Planet Earth


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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for some new ideas. Since I live in the woods, I need shade loving plants! Another one is the Hosta. It grows well in shade. I'm lensrolling you to my Watch My Hosta Grow lens. :-)

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Two of you have mentioned hosta. I really ought to add that one, as I love them, but firstly it will then no longer be "ten plants" (not much of a problem really, as I'm not a conformist); and secondly although I am successfully now growing some in giant flower pots, in the past I have spent lots of money on them, only to have them eaten by slugs within a couple of days. I even somewhat hesitantly bought some which the mail order catalogue stated were "slug resistant" - all I can say is: well they didn't resist my slugs.

      Thanks for all your lovely comments.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I love impatiens. I used to try to plant just one color, but found that I love mixing shades. It is so joyous to see those blooms in the shady recesses of my yard!

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      Thank you sharing this knowledge, this is really helpful! I don't have all that many plants right now because we have little space to grow, but this lens will definitely come in useful down the road. The area I live in has dense pine tree cover, so it's largely shade.

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      I agree with your choices. As a garden designer I am always being asked for plants that do well in dry shade...I also use Box, Dryopteris erythrosora and Asplenium scolopendrium, Iris foetidissima and various Epimediums.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful plants to grow in the shade. I love gardening and am always looking for new idea. This lens has been very helpful and is a great reference. ~ Thanks so much for sending a friend over to my orbs lens, nice site maya has. ~ Best wishes to you Wendy!


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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I absolutely love the the bleeding hearts in the shade and have had such wonderful luck with them. Numerous times I've accidentally broken off a branch and just stuck it in the ground and forgotten about only to have a new plant come up the next year.

      I've really gotten into hostas the last few years too.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've always loved primroses, which were recommended when I lived in Ventura County, CA, for the shade. I don't have mush shade where I live now. I understand the begonias do well in shade.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      Such a lovely lens! I apreciate all the names too since I did not know them before. Swedish has other names for most of these flowers.

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      My mom had a green thumb, which I didn't inherit. I love plants, flowers, and have considered starting a vegetable garden. I love your advice on this lens - complete with beginner's help warnings, photos, and recommendations. Thank you! I tweeted your poll, too. :)

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      Great lens. I lensrolled it.

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for all your nice comments, including lensrolling, blessing with stardust, tweeting, and useful hints about other plants which grow in the shade

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have a small garden in almost constant deep shade (thank's to nest doors tree, the bane of my life) so this was really interesting reading as I have a few more ideas on what to plant for next year. The Hellebore story is scary, I have a Christmas Rose and will wear gloves when I collect the seeds!! Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      oops my comment disapeared! I love bleeding hearts

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      Contrice LM 7 years ago

      My mom really needs this lens...so I told her to take a look! lol

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I think you are very smart and definitely NOT a birdbrain. That was a really scary story about the Hellebore plant. My favorites here are the Forget-me-not and the Periwinkle. Thanks for sharing these with us! And glad you are now OK after the Hellebore scare.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @ElizabethSheppard: Yes, I still grow posonous plants or plants with poisonous parts, but I am a lot more careful about skin contact now - the hellebore "burning" was caused by prolonged contact with the sap within the seed heads, about twenty minutes or more, when I was popping the pods and gathering the seeds, taking my time and dreaming about other tings.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The back of our home is all shade, so I planted Lily of the Valley one year, along with some Hosta, the Lilly did well but overtook the Hosta. Of course, me being me, about 3 or 4 years later, I ripped it all out LOL - Kathy

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Great shade suggestions. I have also had great luck with astilbes here in my zone 4 climate. Have tons of hostas and bleeding hearts (in both pink and white) throughout the shaded areas in my garden and they have also always done well. Thanks for sharing!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The bleeding heart are beautiful flowers, didn't know you could have them in shady spots. I knew hellebore was kinda toxic, but I thought it was only when ingested! Scary, you did well to rush to the doctor:(

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I only have room for shade plants so I am always looking for new plants to try out, I have several of the ones listed here but some of them are new to me so i am looking forward to planting some new types of flowers...thanks! Oh the flower I always have the best luck with is impatients, they love total shade.

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I love bleeding heart!!! I bought one but I live in LA and it just won't come up. I think it needs to winter. I grew up in N. Dakota so we had them every spring.

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      BarbaraCasey 6 years ago

      Azaleas work well, even under the eaves here in Florida. I'll have to check the others on your list, too. I have a few bare spots to fill in.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I prefer forget-me-not.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love "Forget me not" flowers and they really require very little care. You have highlighted an important repository of shade tolerant plants from your practical experience that really counts.

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      Russ-and-Toni 6 years ago

      I really enjoy hostas. There are so many varieties. Mine have actually grown well in shade or a little sun too.

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      We tried a Hosta in dappled shade last summer and here in Nevada those little spots of sunlight just burned through the leaves anyway *sigh*. I'll check out the local garden center for some of those others you mention. Good info. thanks!

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      chaynn03 6 years ago

      I love plants..specially indoor plants.^_^

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Congrats on lens of the day! This is a great lens! I tried to grow herbs and learned the hard way that I didn't have enough sunlight on my porch.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Wow! Great lens topic! Never really considered plants growing in the shade.

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LOTD!! Great lens on shade tolerant plants! I started a shade garden a few years ago. It is supposed to be an old-fashioned, gothic Victorian garden, but I haven't finished it. I have ivy growing on a fence and on the posts that hold a swing, and small trees that I pruned into arches. It's a really nice, peaceful area where I spent many hours at night sitting and thinking (and swinging). I want to plant some bleeding hearts, some spiky plants and moon flowers. If I ever finish I will make a lens & have lots of pictures on it.

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      tealmermaid 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. Congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember loving this a year or so ago and have snuck back for a peek a couple time. I am so pleased to be able to return to congratulate you on this lovely LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was useful information. Thanks for sharing. Greenery around has a soothing effect on nerves and calms the mind.

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Really beautiful and informative lens deserves being a LOTD Congrats

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD for "10 Plants that will grow in the shade." Lots of azaleas in this area. If they are growing in just the right spot, full bloom is breathtaking.

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      very ver very interesting lens

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Hostas do well in the shade for us, along with snowdrops, bluebells, aconites and ground elder.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Great news that you have been given the Lens of the Day accolade. Well-deserved.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I'll have to try some of these plants, though I've never had luck with hostas. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the MYASOTIS or Forget Me Not flowers. They are beautiful and don't require much care. Excellent lens on shade loving plants. Thanks for sharing! - andycool

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      We have just started sowing seeds for our balcony. I think I will try to get hold of some Forget-me-nots! Very well presented information! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      IndependentEuroTravel 6 years ago

      First of all I want to congratulate on your LOTD, second great lens :)

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      MicheleWebber 6 years ago

      I love Hosta's, if only the slugs and snails would leave them alone! Excellent lens, and a really scary and useful story about the poisonous plant, I have one of these, so that's really helpful info!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD! We also have a few hostas that grow well in the shade. :)

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      First I must have a little garden to cultivate. Then I will go back to this lens and get your lovely suggestions. THanks

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      hubleigh 6 years ago

      We had good luck with azaleas when we had our own house a little while back. I think we used to put some of that smelly fish fertilizer stuff on it. Stunk to high heavens but the plants seemed to love it.

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      TopMovieSoundtr 6 years ago

      Who knew hellebores were so poisonous. Thanks for the heads up.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD!

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      distancelearningcourses 6 years ago

      Hi Writer, I love your Lens so much and I successfully favorited your lens, so that next time I will come and visit to get more information on Horticulture. I even grow plants on Shades on my rooftop and it is really giving fruitful results and more than this satisfaction that aprt from all busy schedule I am also doing something which really thrilled me from inside...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for this. It is planting time and I have a whole new place to landscape.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Azaleas are my all-time favorite.

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      mentorforyouth 6 years ago

      bleeding heart are such beautiful flowers! :)

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Not really aware about different varieties of plants which grow well in shade. Liked your Lens a lot, congrats on LOTD!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Congrats on LotD. This is an excellent resource.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love vines - they lovingly embrace everything in their path - I love to see the way they wrap around old brick houses. The Golden Pothos or Devilâs Ivy is one of my favorites.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on LOTD

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      What a useful lens and a worthy LOTD, congratulations!

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      Ouch! Your experience with the hellbores sounds really painful! Thanks for the heads up.

      Here in Montana too much shade isn't the problem, we have too much sun. Our desert-like summers are not kind to plants and flowers.

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day. I had it yesterday and I know what a thrill it is! Hope you are bathing in all the glory.

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      eccles1 6 years ago

      this lens is going to help me.. thank you!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on LOTD. I love your photos they are absolutely gorgeous.

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      ludyshubs 6 years ago

      I love azalea. Congratulations! this is a great lens

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      renaye 6 years ago

      i think the problem my family and i have is we don't have the 'touch' in planting life. many plants we have died except for cacti. they flourish in my home.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! It was a pleasure reading this lens!

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      ljm63 6 years ago

      Love this list of plants! We have lots of shade but are also in the south, so very different than when I lived up north. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      nice lotd....after reading of the harrowing seed experience, I'm not sure I want to grow anything!

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      libysquid lm 6 years ago

      this lens is gorgeous...LOTD well deserved.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I have actually added some plants suggested here to my Moss Garden, hopefully they will come up this Spring...check out my Moss Garden lens! your lens lensrolled to mine.

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I forgot that Azaleas will grow in the shade. Your story about the poisonous plant was frightening. I guess we need to be very careful around plants we don't know much about. Congrats to you on LotD.

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      Jerry_David 6 years ago

      wonderful lens, congrats on the LotD

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations of LOD. Colourful lens.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Thank goodness Lens-of-the-Day brought you to light! So happy to discover you! Lens-rolling to my little G is for Garden,

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Well, azalias. I love trees but it makes it hard to grow flowers, but they exist and look great around rock gardens which I really love

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      How TIMELY! I need to get some shade loving plants and you have offered wonderful direction! Yay. Happy day to you, Kathy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I always try something new on our balcony. It's warm, with a lot of shadow and no direct sun. Very difficult. This year I'll try Sempervivum (Hauswurz). They look really nice and I hope they will grow. Most flowers don't grow will in really warm shadow areas *sigh*

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      MyFairLadyah2 6 years ago

      We do have both vinca minor and vinca major

      The other selections would do well, I'll wager

      Ouch on the skin reaction - Nice resource - congrats on LOTD

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      Morganific 6 years ago

      Very Nice. My sisters will certainly enjoy and use your lens. Congrats.

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      Nice lens something I knew nothing about but have learned very mcuh from the lens. Thanks

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have only a balcony garden, and my challenge is the opposite. It is so hot on the balcony that almost everything dies. I wish for a little shade! LOL

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Very timely as the spring is only a few days old.

      I love my bleeding hearts and periwinkle and forget me not.

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      NHgal LM 6 years ago

      Great lens. Your experience with the Christmas Rose poisoning is scary. Where do you live? Or at least what zone are you in? Elephant Ears are tropical, and won't last from year to year in NH. But at least azaleas do, and I look forward to seeing them in bloom each spring.

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I love my pink azalea bush. Thanks for a super lens!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      I am always looking for shade plants for my yard, and I love the selection here. Congrats on LOTD!

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      ChuckBartok 6 years ago

      How do you feel about Cyclamen. We have a mostly shady back yard and the cyclamen are a joy. Even have withstood our freezes in Northern California

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Ah gardening, plants, flowers, vegetables, anyone who does enjoy this hobby attracts me! What a healthy pass time, is it? I loved your lens and would like to congratule you on your LOTD! It's well deserved!

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      Sharon Stajda 6 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      I love ferns, the Matteuccia pensylvanica - Ostrich Fern is one of my favorites

      These Stately, upright 3 â 4 feet fronds resembling ostrich feathers. They grow by underground runners, die back in winter and reappear vigorously the in the spring. The native Ostrich Fern tolerates wet soil conditions so give it room in moist, rich soil and it will provide erosion control as well as a dramatic effect. While it prefers open shade, it will tolerate sun in swampy areas.

      Great lens ... Shar

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      fashionality lm 6 years ago

      Very cool!

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      kare2share 6 years ago

      What great timing! I'm planning out my spring planting and was wondering what to put in the shady spot next to the porch. I was thinking of hydrangeas, but now you've given me a few more ideas. Thanks for sharing and congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. I do love gardening but have to be happy with just a balcony garden and it is shady most time of the year. Your lens helped me in identifying some more plants for my garden. Thanks :)

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      GoToGirl LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. We have a particularly shady spot in our yard. Thank you for the suggestions!

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      I have a very shady backyard so i have dealt with this in all the growing season.

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      jodijoyous 6 years ago from New York

      Congratulations on lens of the day! I wish I could have a garden (shady or sunny). I guess I'll have to go visit my mom (she's got to fight both shade and hungry deer).

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I have had good luck in shady areas by planting native woodland plants. I buy them in springtime from the local garden club. Columbine, trillium and Jack in the Pulpit thrive in our shady gardens in the US (northeastern PA).

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day! Have been looking for some more shade-loving plants to put under our oak trees, aside from the usual woodland ones like bluebells and snowdrops. I love bleeding hearts and didn't realise they were shade lovers! My old garden used to have lots of periwinkle, it is so pretty. Lovely and well-written lens!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      We have some of these shade loving plants....hostas, forget me nots, lily of the valley, solomons seal, and a few others. Very nice lens and congratulations on LOTD. =)

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Thanks for the taste of spring.

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      Diana Romaxx 6 years ago from Chicago

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been gardening and experimenting with plants and shade for a few years now. Great lens. Congrats on LotD!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      Congrats LOTD

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD. Well deserved, great lens!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, great Lens!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Fabulous lens and well worthy of the LotD! I'm definitely in the grow your own veggies group!

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      StriveDigital 6 years ago

      I particularly love maidenhair ferns! (but don't really have much shade to speak of at my house...sigh)

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Learned a lot about plants from your little article. Thanks and can't wait for new articles from you. I'l love to start a potted plant veggie garden at my apt. Just no time to start yet.

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      I love hostas. Wish I had more shade to plant them in.

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      greenkat lm 6 years ago

      LOVE it! Been lookin' for something to plant in my shady areas! Great idea for a lens!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I noted your tips by the way. Thanks for sharing.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      I love this page, and am so happy to see you get LOTD:-) AND you have answered a question for me, I recently put a picture of ground cover that is already blooming (even though there is once again snow on the ground) on my facebook page and gardening blog and asked for help identifying it...it has crept over from my neighbors yard, and I love it. Now I know it's Vinca or Periwinkle. I have mostly shade, so these are my kind of plants. Lily of the Valley is one of my shade favorites...did a page about my Pink Lily of the Valley. Congrats again on getting LOTD.

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      Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      I am trying to refurbish my woodland garden so I need all the ideas I can get for shade plants. Congrats on LOTD.

      *Squid Angel Blessed.*

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      Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Very lovely lens Ma'am!

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      NHgal LM 6 years ago

      I use several different colors of astillbe in my shade gardens. They come in pink, white, cranberry, and lavender. They have pretty lacy leaves, feathery flower fronds, can be divided, and best of all, they are perennials in NH.

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      good... I need these ideas

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      The yard at the house where we used to live would get overrun with periwinkle if we weren't careful! It was pretty, but my tastes run toward edible plants.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the Bleeding Hearts, reminds me of my childhood in Wisc. Nice lens!

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      I love Bleeding Hearts but I think my favorites are Lily of the Valley.

      Thank you for the tips on planning shade loving plants. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Cool lens. We have a lot of shade, and want a garden, so this is cool!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Had to return to leave my congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Chelewrites 6 years ago

      Great information! I'm so glad your fingers are well - what a terrifying thing to happen! We live on a slope and have shady areas; I have lots of great ideas now. Thanks!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Great advice, very useful. Well done!

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      coffeebreakdesigns 6 years ago

      I like hostas and coleus although I don't have much shady areas.

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      I have some bleeding hearts which did well at first but then we cut down a large tree so now I have to move them. Congrats on LOTD!

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      jmzeller 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens...great job!

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Just wanted to stop back and say congrats on LOTD!

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      Rob Hemphill 6 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting lens. As a keen photographer, I love to take close ups of flowers and petals. Must have a look at you lens on trees - I too take seasonal pics of the same trees.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      Vinca Major looks beautiful. This is a really interesting topic, and lots of great information on it, well done :)

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. Thank you for the ideas for my yard. I have a lot of shade area under redwood trees so your suggestions are very helpful. Your recounting of your experience with HELLEBORE seeds is pretty scary. I'm so glad your fingers are okay now. I think I might just forgo them in my garden. :) Bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, this is a great lens. We need more of these types of lens if we are to fight global warming. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

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      pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

      I'll be coming back to this lens when I'm ready to buy some more shade plants this Spring. Thanks for the warning about the poisonous plant. You had quite a reaction. I bet that was scary. Congrats on LOTD!!! I got one this March too.

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      SafetySteph 6 years ago

      Perfect timing, I'll be planting in a couple weeks can't wait!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!! Fantastic and well deserved!

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      nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

      The first thing I wondered was about the colors of your opening picture. Then I saw the note. good job.

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      MBradley McCauley 6 years ago

      Glad I found this. I'm going to feature it on my Pot Gardens are Easy lens. Great job, I think all gardeners, from tiny windowsill herb gardens to acres of vegetables will benefit from reading this. Good job.

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      Very nicely done! Bravo!

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Very interesting lens, we have a vegetable patch, and I think its worked out great for us. We always have fresh vegetables and don't need to go grocery shopping as often.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      I love to plant any thing i get a hold of. My problem is when it says full sun i don't think that means all day until the sun goes down. They get burnt up. Now i have many places to plant i just have to figure out where to place them.

      I like your lens and will go and check out your others.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the ideas. I have a shaded area I need plants for, and was just thinking about that this morning! :)

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Wooow! This lens is amazing :) Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information on poisenous plants, and I am glad your hands healed without lasting damage. That must have been very frightening!

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Though I've already commented here on the points section was the question what kind of plant do I like well I kind of fancy the velvet plant. Why, because of it's velvet feeling quality.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Someday I'll get around to making a lens about my woodland garden. Hosta is a favorite of mine and ajuga. Love ferns and astilbe and bleeding heart. I even have a separate moss garden. As you can see, I have a lot of shade.

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      CashInTheHand LM 6 years ago

      congratulations on your Purple Star! Great lens, keep it up.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Virginia Allain: My son has planted out an area of his garden with just ferns - it looks very cool and refreshing so I'm sure your moss garden must look lovely too

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Wow! What a huge resource dedicated to flowers that grow in the shade!

      Blessed by a passing angel on Squidoo.

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      Chardoo 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. Your lenses are very informative and helpful to possibly save someone life.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I have been looking for shade plants, besides hostas (I have them planted), and was alarmed at what happened to you with the seeds of the Christmas Rose. I am so glad you came out of it alright. It sounded at first that you were about to lose your fingers! Other than your horrific experiences I am pleased to find a few more shade plants that may work well in the Northeast of the US. Congrats on your Purple Star too!

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      Rockett LM 6 years ago

      The only shade lovers I knew about were hostas. Thanks for the information on all the other varieties ... with flowers is a bonus!

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      I have a place in the garden where three trees are standing. I never knew really knew, what to plant there but now I know. Thank for a great lens.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Practical list! I like all the plants on your list plus trillium (nursery grown) and columbine for shade. My neighbor has her shady spots planted with ferns and hosta's and it looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and belated congrats on LotD! :)

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Really good lens I wish I had a garden live in london

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      I love this lens... such good ideas for making sure you have a well-rounded garden, even the shady spots. Thanks for sharing.

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      FrankqWalsh 6 years ago

      wow Great lens

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      BlueStarling 6 years ago

      Great shade plant suggestions. Vinca is my favorite groundcover, much preferred to Euonymus or Ivy. Have you grown the variegated Solomon's Seal? It's beautiful, graceful, and so tough.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BlueStarling: Yes, I love vinca too - at one time I allowed it to take over most of my rockery and a huge area of shady flower bed, but I decided to take most of it up, as the garden ended up looking beautifully green but rather bland. I grow Solomon's seal but have never seen the variegated version - I'll have to look out for that

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @pheonix76: Maybe you haven't seen my Squidoo lenses "10 More Shade Tolerant Plants" and "More Shade Tolerant Plants" - that's 30 photos and descriptions of shade tolerant plants, and columbine and trillium as well as ferns and hostas are mentioned, so take a look. Hostas are very prone to be eaten in their entirety by slugs, so need to be protected.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I needed this. I've got a shady spot and have been looking for something to put in it.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I put a rockery at the entrance to our home. I thought it was a shady area and put shade loving plants there. I made a mistake though, because as the summer progressed the sun shone there, the rocks became very hot and the plants suffered. I solved the problem the next year by digging holes and placing potted primroses there and when they had finished blooming I replaced them with potted geraniums and marigolds. That worked.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love my garden and have planted it up from nothing. It has taken 14 years and we are still working on it. I do have a north facing fence and some shady areas and I did not realise that soe of these plants should do well there. We do have some hostas flourishing in the shade of our apple tree :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Gloriousconfusion,

      I really liked your lense. My favorite shade plant is Coleus. The colors are vibrant and brighten up my shady spot.

      N T T

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for the valuable information. I will be starting a flower garden on the back of my house and this lens has been very helpful

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      My hasta do pretty well in the shade and the flowers smell amazing.

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      baumchen 5 years ago

      How did you take that first picture on here? I love it!!!

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @baumchen: Oh thanks. I took a normal photograph of my garden, cropped it to home in on the tulips, and then changed the colour/hue until it turned blue and then very slightly intensified the colour. Most photo-editing programmes have the facility to do this. I use Paint.NET, a free editing programme.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Your garden photo is sumptuous. I mean that, it enlivens nostalgia for my longing to have a garden again. thanks

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      great info about shade tolerant plants, what i needed badly, thanks a lot.

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      thanks for the informative lens!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Wow! I was interested in the Hellabore because of what you said about it blooming around Christmas. But then I read your story. How awful! Who would have thought a pretty flower could do that much damage?! You're very lucky you only got it on your hands!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Great pictures! I don't know any of the flower varieties except Azaleas. I always thought that plants needed lots of sunlight and would just wither in shade.

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great, interesting and helpful lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @iWriteaLot: There's also a wrapping vine that will attach it's self to almost anything the wind will blow it next to. Like a choking wisteria. Both my son and I came in contact with it's sap while clearing area. He went to the doctor and it nearly put me in the hospital.A year or so ago I packed up a plant with roots and sent it to Cornell -Chang couldn't I.D.It's sad that these Agricultural Experts make the big bucks but can't do or erradicate.what they are being paid for.Every Spring it appears in our garden lot-long sleeves,gloves and watch out for cut branches blowing in the breeze.Can't forget how it shut my eyes,neck,ears, bubbled up broke blisters and spread-it wasn't poison oak,ivy,or sumac.My older son's arm was almost twice it's normal size

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a special and rewarding article for those that read this. Great tips on placement for plants ... *blessed*!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love azaleas but they don't do well in the desert. I've done well with the low-growing Plumbago (beautiful purple flowers) and Rosemary for the dry shady areas, also Juniper.

      Thanks for the great info. Wish I could have Hellebore, too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really helpful lens.Good to know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i learned a lot from you, thanks for the info as well as the pictures of shade loving plants.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for the shade-tolerant suggestions - I need to try a couple. Spring Blessings.

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      My favourite shade plant is forget-me-nots. I'm looking forward to seeing them in my gardens soon. I have about 7/10 of the plants on your lens. I'll have to try more this spring, thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have developed an interest in Bromeliads. There are so many and a lot of them love shade.I have about six different kinds out of thousands.would love to have some more. Know anything about them and where to buy them?

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I have Hosta and Bleeding Heart in my shade garden, but would love to try Forget-me-nots. Didn't know they could tolerate shade. They're so pretty!

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Great pictures of shade tolerant plants :) Very informative lens.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Excellent and very useful information. I'm expanding my flower garden and will be utilizing your tips!

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @flicker lm: Forget-me-nots do grow in shade - they seem to seed themselves everywhere in my garden, and I am always giving seedlings away - the plants are too pretty to destroy!

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @MelonyVaughan: Don't forget to look at my two other Squidoo web pages about plants that grow in shade, to give you more ideas.

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      So enjoyed this lens. I think the forget-me-nots and the vinca major are my favorites on this lens. Thanks for the info!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Mother Loved Azalea Bushes and Especially when them Bloomed in the Spring! :D

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      MBradley McCauley 5 years ago

      I'm an apartment dweller, on the 2d floor with a balcony and a nice sized landing. Am going to quickly take advantage of your advice about shade plants since I don't get much sun on the two areas. I am a container gardener and will be putting a link to this lens on my Pot Gardens are Easy site. Thanks so much for this info.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in to bless these shady fellas. ;)

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Very useful to know! Thanks!

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      mizrae 5 years ago

      My absolute favorites are "Lilly of the Valley".

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      arcarmi 5 years ago

      Thank you so very much for the blessing! Nice lens!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Lovely choices! Pulmonaria is one of my great favourites - we call it "William and Mary" for the pink and blue.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Beautifully done. Blessed!

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      Great information! My house is facing north, so it only gets a bit of the morning sun. I tried Azaleas, but they didn't thrive well (likely because I didn't water the front very much!) I just planted vibernums, so wish me luck!

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      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      I'd love to dig up my backyard and back a huge vegetable garden, but alas, I live in an apartment complex. I think I might get scolded.

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Need to find plants for some shady areas in the garden, so this is perfect. Just need to work out how to bookmark this page :-)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I had to come read this lens, because I have a shady area near my house and now it only has these beach rocks because I have been wanting to put some green plants there instead. Thanks for all the helpful information I can really use it.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on getting Purple Star, AND Lens of the Dayfor this amazing lens! Awesome! I've already SquidLiked this wonderful lens before so, I can't do that again. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      ContentEmployee 5 years ago

      Nice! Can you recommend an "indoor" plant?

      I was searching for something that might be kept in the house most of the time and not die because of little sun.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @ContentEmployee: I think African violets (St Paulia) and orchids like light but not necessarily hot sun. Also tradescantia

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your story about poisonous plants was scary. Glad you were okay! Our yard is mostly shady, so all of the plants you mention would thrive in our yard. All the best.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Popping back in to bless these lovely shade-tolerant plants!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @JoshK47: Thanks for that. I'm going to celebrate with some of your Queso Fundido!

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      thanks I am so bad with plants. I want to get better.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @MintySea: And so you shall, if you continue to pick up information from all the gardening web pages you see around (provided, of course, that you translate that into action, and not just web-surfing!) :)

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      MizzMary 4 years ago

      Fantastic and helpful list you have compiled here. Sorry to hear about your painful lesson with the Hellebore, which I'm sure that by sharing that story you are helping other people to avoid doing the same thing!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @MizzMary: Yes, it's amazing what knowledge you can pick up off the internet - we find out all sorts of interesting snippets almost by chance when looking for something completely different

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the cool shade plant ideas, love this lens, my apartment has very limited light.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Deadicated LM: But I'm not sure they would enjoy growing indoors

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      I do have a shady corner in my garden and this lens about plants that grow in the shade is very helpful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge about plants and your bad experience with hellebore seeds.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

      My solution to the shade problem is simply cut down the trees, but my wife never agrees with that!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @CoffeeWriter LM: That's a good idea. My solution would be to knock down my neighbours' extension......but my neighbours wouldn't agree to that either, so we are a bit stuck, aren't we?

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      best-writter 4 years ago

      The only way to remove the shade is by cut downing the trees, but you loose many with doing this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I have several shady areas of my yard, where I have hostas, but it would be nice to have more variety in my plantings.

      A nice shade loving ground cover between stepping stones is Corsican mint. It spreads nicely. Small pieces can be broken off to be transplanted to new locations. It makes a lovely carpet but it does not like to dry out.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: That sounds interesting - I don't know Corsican mint, so will look it up

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your article about plants that will grow in the shade and I did pick up some good tips.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Not much room for green space in our New York high rise, but we do keep as many plants that don't need a lot of sunlight as we can fit in.

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      LeopoldBlatt 4 years ago

      This is a great reference work. I have many shady spots here as we do not get so much sun here in Ireland, so some of these plants might prosper. Nice article!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LeopoldBlatt: I'm sure they will indeed prosper, as I am in almost the same weather zone as you South-East England.

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      malualhati 4 years ago

      so many good tips about plants in the shade! thank you for sharing :)

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      RadaFrancis LM 4 years ago

      Wow a lot of great info! I am looking to get my garden going soon :) *Blessed*

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @RadaFrancis LM: Today was so mild that I nearly (but not quite) did some gardening

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Diana, found this on your blog. Thanks for the info. I have some of these, but would like to add more. Apprecite this.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Great lens Diana ! i love gardening too. nice lens

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have a lot of vinca and azaleas in our yard and I am looking forward to Springtime when they are in bloom. Enjoyed this visit and learning about more Plants that grow in the shade.

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      I have a big old and shady tree in my backyard and hopefully one of these plants will grow because the grass won't. Thanks for the lens.

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      techmom 4 years ago

      We have a lot of shade, but we also have a lot of deer. :( While they are pretty, they eat just about everything! In the shade at our old house, we had a lot of hostas. Those don't do as well here...

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @techmom: Where I live, hostas get eaten by slugs, unless you put down slug pellets

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I can't help but favor forget-me-nots!

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      Gala98 4 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: You know the very tall 'lily' pots you can get - plant your hostas in those & vaseline around the top outer inch of the pot - perfect hostas all summer long & movable too :)

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gala98: Very good idea - I'll try that, thanks

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      Great - I know slugs will eat a lot of the veggies that I will try to grow in my garden, the birds get to eat most of my strawberries! But I think it is worth it. So much of my garden is in the shade - so I will take your advice. Thanks for your tips.

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      playercoach 4 years ago

      It is spring and time to plant flowers. Your lens here is a great wake up call for me. Quite often I will be attracted to purchase a certain flower because it looks great at the nursery and then bring it home, plant it in a shady area and then find out too late it needed a more sun. I will start paying more attention to this now. Really nice job on this lens by the way.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @playercoach: Thanks for your nice comment - sometimes, when I buy plants and then forget to plant them, or don't check what conditions they like, I think I should give up gardening altogether, so I know what you mean!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Interesting and well made lens thank you this lens is great

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      A great collection of shade-loving plants. I have many of these in my garden and they do well. Nothing like getting the right plant for the right place to cut down work and failure in a garden.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BLouw: That's right - nothing more disappointing than watching your plants wilt before your eyes

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      great post!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Some of these plants were unknown to me but this lens helped me to learn about them, thanks for sharing.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Great lens and great choices of plants for shade areas. I'm moving this one over to the Weekend Gardeners FB page! You can join us there and give us a like too!


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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @GrammieOlivia: That's great - thanks. I did indeed give Weekend Gardeners FB a like

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      I love azaleas, especially when people have a whole row of them.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @burntchestnut: Yes, they have beautiful strong colors - I love them too

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I feel so at home with these flowers, my garden is almost all heavyily shaded, trees and high fences all around. So I know many of the plants well.

      I did not know about the effects of Hellebore sap though. I have only one plant (purple) but have been thinking about propagating it as it flowered so profusely this year (W Midlands UK). Will be careful now, thanks.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @John Dyhouse: Yes, I have the purple one too - I got the seedlings from the Royal Horticultural Society

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I really appreciate these suggestions - they are all new to me. I hope to really add to my garden this year.

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      kindoak 3 years ago

      Thanks, I've been wondering what to plant in the shady area near my birch trees.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gypzeerose: Good to be able to help

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @kindoak: Periwinkle makes good ground cover under trees.

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      Caladiums and impatients are favorites of mine.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Diana, we're always looking for shade-tolerant plants to grow in the front of our house, so this is really helpful. My sister (who lives next door) plants Hellebore near her front door every year and they're very pretty. I had no idea they were poisonous, so thanks for the warning!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You've convinced me that I don't want to risk trying hellebore in my garden. I actually don't have very much shade here, and I'm not currently living where I do have it. I will keep this in mind, though.

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      Very useful and interesting page. We have a shady border and its important to do research on which plants will survive and thrive in shade or its an uphill struggle. Much better to choose from the lovely plants that love shade. I like and grow many of these you have listed :) Enjoyed your photos too !

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's still OK to grow them - just don't let the sap stay in contact with your skin for long, and don't lick your fingers after touching them. I still grow them, but I'm more careful!

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Don't get alarmed about hellebore - see my recent reply to Margaret Schindel

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, since having some success with my gardening, I've been a lot more thoughtful about what to plant where, and it's made a lot of difference

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      Mary Norton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to see this again in preparation for Spring. Can't wait.

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      Diana Grant 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, not long now, and we'll all be out in the garden doing what gardeners do

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