Herbaceous Plants for Shady Areas

For dry shaded areas you can also try some of the Epimediums - especially Epimedium perraldianum and also some of the Lamiums, (with these you get the benefit of pretty flowers and also pretty leaves).

Pulmonarias (L) are also suitable for a good flower show in the spring - followed by spectacular foliage on some varieties. Liriope muscari and the Bergenias will also do well.

Rhododendrons (M) and Azaleas will also flourish if allowed just a little dappled light. Azalea mollis is a fine deciduous Azalea for woodland and shaded areas.

Eythronium - the Dogs Tooth Violet - has a number of varieties which are suitable for dry shaded areas. The image above shows Erythronium grandiflorum (R)

For damp shade areas, The King Cup (Calatha palustris) makes a good show in the early spring - so do some of the primulas such as the new ‘Wanda’ types. Hostas of course - but do watch out for slugs. Monardas (Bergamots) are also worthy of a place. If it is not too damp, then the Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia) is also a must. This will also do quite well in a dry situation. ectacular in early spring, treat yourself to one of the many Camellias .

Tiarella cordifolia Camellia Debbie Hosta Honeybells

Best Bedding Plants for Shaded Areas

  • Impatiens - the Busy Lizzies are amongst the best flowering annuals for shaded places - even though normally planted in full sun.
  • Begonias are happy in light shade, but will live ok in deep shade - if kept watered. There is a wide range of begonias available, from the normal fibrous rooted bedding plants to those that are started from corms. All are happy in shaded garden spots.
  • Pansies and small flowered Violas are suited for light shade.
  • Polyanthus and others of the Primula family - especially the Primula Wanda types.
  • Asters - the bedding types not the Michaelmas Daisies.
  • Antirrhinum are suited for dappled shade.
  • Nemesia will grow quite happy in shade.
  • Bellis Dasies will grow in shade if moist.
  • Diascia will tolerate light shade.

Perennial Plants for Shade

The herbaceous and other Perennials are the best range of plants for shaded places in the garden. For many of them, it is their natural habitat. Some will do equally well in full sun or quite heavy shade. All of the hardy garden ferns are also suited to varying degrees of shade.

In this group we will also list the few biennials that regularly re-seed themselves, so for practical purposes can be classed as perennials - even if not right botanically. The best example of which being digitalis - Foxgloves.


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Info on Talinum

2003-07-03 13:22:27 by pro

Information I gleaned from the USDA plant database: plants.usda.gov/index.html Enter Scientific Name as Talinum
Talinum Adans. - gives you all varieties and maps of where they are present - click on a map to get information for that variety
- Talinum calycinum or parviflorum - most common varieties present in the central states from Texas to Minnesota/Nebraska.
- all varieties native to U.S.
Some common names:
Fameflower
Sunbright
Jewels of Opar (not common but a cool name, no?)
- Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub or Subshrub
- Native to the United States
- Talinum calycinum had a botanical illustration which showed a rhizhome (like an iris)
- Purslane family like Lewisia and Portulaca
- I doubt it is invasive. As a...


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