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Topic by Ron Hall posted 03-22-2010 01:56 PM 2279 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Hall

10 posts in 3269 days

03-22-2010 01:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question shade plants zone 2

First off, you are talking to someone who knows very little about gardening. But, I am 71 and willing to learn.
In the Summer we live in north central Minnesota (zone 2) on a small lot, about 30 X 80, in a RV park. Our lot is mostly Oak trees, around 80% shade. Last Spring a friend gave me some Hostas, don’t know what kind, and I planted them around the back edge and sides of the lot. I now want to plant more different plants, and have a walk path with very little grass. My question is: What kind of flowers, shurbs, etc. can I plant in a shaded area that will last through our hard Winters? Also, would I need different types of soil for different types of plants? Any other help?



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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3809 days
hardiness zone 5b

03-22-2010 02:30 PM

oh sounds lovely!

here are a couple of good links:

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3072 days
hardiness zone 5b

03-22-2010 02:36 PM

Ron, the northern side of our house is constantly shaded. Our winter temperatures often fall below zero Fahrenheit in the winter; sometimes we have snow cover sometimes we don’t. Like Hostas, these plants die back to the ground in the winter but they always come up again in the spring. I have had good luck growing these two tough perennials that might also fare well in your colder climate:

Lily of the Valley (white)
Old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts (white and pink)

Maybe Violas would also do well. They are not perennials but they do reseed themselves.

If you like ferns, the Ostrich fern is relatively easy to grow and can live in zone 2 as well.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3072 days
hardiness zone 5b

03-22-2010 02:58 PM

Here are a few ideas I found on the internet. I have not grown them myself, but they look promising:

Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris
Labrador Violet, Viola labradorica
English Bluebell, Scilla tubergeniana (may need a protective mulch cover in the winter)
Snowdrop Anemone, Anemone sylvestris

Snowdrops Galanthus nivalis (I do grow these and love them, but they are an early spring flower and you might miss them if you only come in the summer.)

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Ron Hall

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03-22-2010 10:44 PM

Thanks Debbie, I did a search on the web but did not see the sites that you stated.
Thanks Robin, I will look for those.

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3809 days
hardiness zone 5b

03-23-2010 05:21 AM

?? just click on the links and they will take to you to pages.. or did I misunderstand?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

5121 posts in 3439 days
hardiness zone 5a

03-23-2010 07:28 AM

Great links MsDebbieP. I have a HUGE Dutchman’s Pipe vine that all the neighbours marvel over which grows in the shade up two floors of fencing between my neighbour and us. They like it too.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

7374 posts in 3589 days
hardiness zone 5a

03-23-2010 07:43 AM

I have colombine,California blue bells and seedum growing in the shade and doing great.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Ron Hall

10 posts in 3269 days

03-23-2010 11:34 AM

Sorry Debbie, I ment before your post.

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3809 days
hardiness zone 5b

03-23-2010 01:56 PM

ah. :)
I was confused :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Trumpetvine

26 posts in 2520 days
hardiness zone 7b

01-26-2011 03:00 PM

Ron, I don’t know if you are still searching for shade garden ideas or not, but here is what I have put in my shade gardens: Encore Azaleas & they bloom from spring to frost, Caladiums for some really pretty pops of color, Elephant Ears, & Cannas. I plant the cannas just for the tropical looking leaves. Some of them like Tropicana & Pretoria have such gorgeous striped leaves that I don’t even care if they bloom or not.

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IceFlower

156 posts in 2884 days
hardiness zone 9b

02-03-2011 05:21 AM

Huh???

-- Alynxia**** It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. 'The Buddha'****

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Aileen Edword

121 posts in 2427 days

05-29-2011 11:39 PM

Hey guys I think u can help me,

Will star jasmine bloom in the shade?
Also, what kind of soil does it need please?
Thanks!

-- http://www.mightygarden.com/flower-gardening.html

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