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

Afternoon Shade
• ‘Spark's Variety' monkshood (Aconitum ‘Spark's Variety') Zone 2
• Willow blue-star (Amsonia tabernaemontana) Zone 3
• Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) Zone 3
• Masterwort (Astrantia spp.) Zone 4
• ‘Bressingham Ruby' elephant's ears (Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby') Zone 3
• Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) Zone 4
• Bugbane (Cimicifuga spp.) Zone 4
• Bleeding heart (Dicentra spp.) Zone 3
• Foxglove (Digitalis lutea) Zone 4
• Cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma syn. epithymoides) Zone 3
• ‘Sum and Substance' hosta (Hosta ‘Sum and Substance') Zone 2
• Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) Zone 3
• Solomon's seal (Polygonatum spp.) Zone 3
• Red lungwort (Pulmonaria rubra ‘Redstart') Zone 4
• Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm') Zone 4

Shady, Damp Areas
• Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) Zone 3
• Astilboides tabularis syn. Rodgersia tabularis Zone 4
• Double marsh marigold (Caltha palustris ‘Flore Pleno') Zone 2
• Trifoliate bittercress (Cardamine trifolia) Zone 5
• Snakeshead (Chelone glabra) Zone 4
• Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla) Zone 5
• Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum ‘Atropurpureum') Zone 3
• Variegated meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria syn. Spiraea ulmaria ‘Variegata') Zone 3
• ‘The Rocket' ligularia (Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket') Zone 4
• Blue cardinal flower (Lobelia siphilitica) Zone 4
• ‘Firecracker' loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata syn. Steironema ciliata ‘Firecracker') Zone 5
• Allegheny monkey flower (Mimulus ringens) Zone 5
• Cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) Zone 3
• Royal fern (Osmunda regalis) Zone 3
• Burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia) Zone 4

Groundcovers for Shade
• ‘Metallica Crispa' pyramidal bugleweed (Ajuga pyramidalis ‘Metallica Crispa') Zone 3
• ‘Burgundy Glow' carpet buglewood (Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow') Zone 3
• ‘Vancouver Jade' common bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Vancouver Jade') Zone 3
• Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis var. Rosea) Zone 3
• Ground laurel (Epigaea repens) Zone 2
• Hosta ‘Clausa' Zone 2
• ‘Hermann's Pride' yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon ‘Hermann's Pride') Zone 3
• Spotted deadnettle (Lamium maculatum forma aureum) Zone 3
• Twinflower (Linnarea borealis) Zone 3
• Partridge berry (Mitchella repens) Zone 3
• ‘Silver Edge' Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis ‘Silver Edge') Zone 3
• Variegated creeping phlox (Phlox x procumbens ‘Variegata') Zone 3
• ‘Home Fires' creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera ‘Home Fires') Zone 3
• periwinkle (Vinca minor) Zone 3

Dry Shade
• Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis) Zone 3
• Dwarf goatsbeard (Aruncus aethusifolius) Zone 4
• Dwarf astilbe (Astilbe chinensis var. pumila) Zone 3
• Elephant's ears (Bergenia cordifolia) Zone 3
• Siberian tea (Bergenia crassifolia) Zone 3
• Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla syn. Anchusa myosotidiflora) Zone 3
• ‘Birch Hybrid' bellflower (Campanula ‘Birch Hybrid') Zone 5
• ‘Dorien' lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis ‘Dorien') Zone 2
• Barrenwort (Epimedium x cantabrigiense) Zone 5
• Mrs. Robb's bonnet (Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae) Zone 7
• Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum syn. Asperula odorata) Zone 3
• Bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) Zone 3
• Bear's foot (Helleborus foetidus) Zone 4

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