I need ideas for a shady area?

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Our property is edged with tall trees on three sides so we do have a lot of shade near a few fences. And I would love to turn a few areas into shade gardens. But what to plant?

Do you have shade gardens? What bushes, flowers or other plants have you plated? Which are successful?
 
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Danni, Think shade and think ferns.. you could have a hundred different varieties of ferns. You could also have bloodroot, Japanese maple..I love those, lily of the valley, rhododendrons, Hydrangeas.. my favorites, hebe, cyclamens.. I love those too... Gosh you can have a whole garden of flowers and colors if you so please...
 
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Danni, I think ferns are a good idea as well. Thing is though, you need plants that grow well in your area. I googled shade plants for Poland and came up with a few really interesting ones, though I can't really tell if they would grow well there.

Look at this gorgeous Clematis Niobe!

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This Barrenwort Frohnleiten is nice also

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I think this Trillium Kurabayashii is absolutely beautiful.

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I love ferns. Many ferns can deal with full shade. Ferns also do well in hanging baskets so maybe you can plant in the ground as well as on fences, trees or walls with baskets.
 
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Dhrynio, My suggestions would be some Baby Tear for a luscious ground cover. And when
wet, this ground cover shimmers!
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Also as mentioned previously there are some great ferns

Boston Fern
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Tree Fern
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Japanese Beech Fern
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Asparagus Fern
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Maidenhair Fern
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Some ferns are toxic to animals, so please consider this for ferns & many plants.

I also like Hostas

Earth Angel Hosta
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Dark Shadows Hosta
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Sum And Substance Hosta
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Zagers White Edge Hosta
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Various Hostas in Gareden
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And for color, the beautiful world of Coleus

Various Coleus
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Kong Red Coleus
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Good luck with your new shade garden!
 
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I do have a few hostas stuck in there, but how did I forget about Coleus!!! I will be looking for them next spring for sure!! And look at those pictures! The colors are just amazing!
 
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I do have a few hostas stuck in there, but how did I forget about Coleus!!! I will be looking for them next spring for sure!! And look at those pictures! The colors are just amazing!

One more suggestion Danni to add some color, & that would be one of the more hardy species of Cyclamens!

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And they generally don't like it colder than 50F But they are beautiful flowers!

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As far as I know lilies of the valley like to grow in a shady areas. They're lovely plants, they look so delicate and they have the most beautiful scent.

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Solomons seal has nice height and stays looking good all summer in the shade
I like caladiums , Taro , wild orchids ,
 
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I have four-O'clocks planted in front of my house which only see a little bit of morning sunlight, but they have been reseeding themselves for years. I have tried hostas a couple times in the same spot, and they would start to come up, then die off. I finally managed to get some ferns growing in other parts of my yard this year, just crossing my fingers that they survive the Winter and come back strong next Summer.

It frankly amazes me the variety of leaf colors you find in full-shade plants. I have a lot of areas around the fence line and against the house which never get more than an hour or two of direct sunlight, but I'm also in a dry climate, so I haven't had too much luck finding suitable plants.
 
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Lately, I've heard Kalmias like shadow. You must be careful with them though because they might be toxic, neither humans nor animals can eat them. They're very beautiful:

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If the place is too shady to grow to many plants why not have a nice garden path designed with rocks or tiles and lined on the sides with hostas or ferns or whatever grows there?
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I shady place with a lovely garden path :)
 
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shade gardens can be the best ..Decorate them like you would a room in your house ,plants and garden art, benches ,birdhouses ,birdbaths ,Gazing ball .Look at things with a different eye
 

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