Gardens - Shade Gardens

Bright ideas for shade

By
Bernard S. Jackson
Photography by
J. Boutin

What you need to know and grow for shady spots in the garden

Vines for Shade
• Kiwi (Actinidia chinensis) Zone 4
• Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) Zone 5
• ‘Elegans' porcelain vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata ‘Elegans') Zone 5
• Dutchman's pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) Zone 5
• Virgin's bower (Clematis virginiana) Zone 3
• Purple-leaf wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus') Zone 5
• ‘Baltica' English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Baltica') Zone 5
• Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) Zone 5
• ‘Dropmore Scarlet' honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet') Zone 2b
• Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia syn. Vitis quinquefolia ‘Engelmannii') Zone 2b
• Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) annual
• Canary creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum) annual

Shrubs for Shade
• ‘Texas Scarlet' Japanese flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet') Zone 5
• Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) Zone 3b
• Red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera ‘Kelseyi') Zone 4b
• Garland flower (Daphne cneorum) Zone 2b
• February daphne (Daphne mezereum and D. forma alba) Zone 3
• Common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Zone 4b
• Blue holly (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince' and ‘Blue Princess') Zone 5b
• Black alder (Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red') Zone 4
• Double kerria (Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora') Zone 5
• Oregon grapeholly (Mahonia aquifolium) Zone 5
• Creeping mahonia (Mahonia repens) Zone 3
• Buffalo currant (Ribes odoratum syn. R. aureum of gardens) Zone 2
• Black elder (Sambucus nigra ‘Laciniata') Zone 4
• Cutleaf stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa') Zone 5
• Snowberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii ‘Hancock') Zone 5

Light, Partial or Filtered Shade
• Windflower (Anemone nemorosa) Zone 4
• Canada columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Zone 3
• Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Zone 3
• Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense) Zone 3
• Variegated Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla syn. Anchusa myosotidiflora ‘Dawson's White' syn. ‘Variegata') Zone 3
• Bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis) Zone 3
• Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Zone 3
• Shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) Zone 4
• Western trout lily (Erythronium revolutum ‘Pagoda') Zone 5
• ‘Stormy Seas' heuchera (Heuchera ‘Stormy Seas') Zone 4
• Hosta spp. Zone 2
• Variegated London pride (Saxifraga x urbium ‘Variegata') Zone 4
• Foam flower (Tiarella wherryi) Zone 3
• Great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) Zone 3
• Large merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) Zone 3

Rock Garden Shade
• Rock jasmine (Androsace sarmentosa) Zone 3
• European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum) Zone 4
• Little green spleenwort (Asplenium viride) Zone 2
• Bolax gummifera (syn. Azorella glebaria) Zone 4
• Kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria muralis) Zone 5
• Dalmation cranesbill (Geranium dalmaticum) Zone 4
• ‘Lancastriense' bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum ‘Lancastriense') Zone 4
• Hosta ‘Golden Tiara' Zone 2
• Hosta sieboldii ‘Alba' Zone 2
• Bitter root (Lewisia cotyledon) Zone 5
• Wall polypody (Polypodium vulgare) Zone 3
• Primrose (Primula auricula) Zone 4
• Blue cowslip (Pulmonaria angustifolia) Zone 2
• Pyrennean primrose (Ramonda myconi) Zone 5
• Impeditum rhododendron (Rhododendron impeditum) Zone 5
• Miniature London pride (Saxifraga umbrosa var. primuloides) Zone 4

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