I'm in Kentucky, far west, northern corner. No mountains or a trying like thatHi @LilAnn, I maybe missed where you live: that makes a big difference in your options. What's appropriate in Florida probably won't work in north Dakota or Arizona..
Most decent greenhouses have a "shade perennial" area with plants that will work in your region. I adore hostas and have many. Ferns don't flower but add a lot of interest. Other flowering perennials around here include bleeding heart, violets, bush honeysuckle, phlox, lilies, hydrangea. ...in general blue and purple flowers do better in shade or part shade.
But for accurate and helpful responses you really need to respond with at least your region.
Lowes, ???? really, there has got to be better in your area than that.
@LilAnn , I agree with Esther - Lowes or other big box stores are only acceptable if you really have no other choices available for buying plants.
Compared to an independently-owned greenhouse staffed by garden geeks, big box stores have a woefully inadequate selection and uneducated staff. The one I go to (their stores are way more impressive than their website) has acres and acres of plants of all sorts divided by sections: shade, annual, ornamental grass, aquatic, fruiting, etc and etc. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and their prices are excellent. Plus shopping there supports locally-owned businesses, which is something I'm fairly emphatic about
I agree! The big stores appear to have not only plants that won't survive in your area but have been artificially enhanced. I check out my local nursery at all times. They are very knowledgable and willing to help. In the early stages of my garden even came to my home to give advice. They are a lovely young couple, Leah and Seb( he is from Argentina with an accent that is sooooo lovely). They have two lovely little boys and a dog which greets you!!!! I must admit sometimes if I'm feeling a bit housebound I go for there for a wander and a chat. After all, I could always do with one more plant.
Hellebore or Winter Rose are a lovely shade plant and a come In a variety of fairly subtle colors and patterns. Mine should be starting to bloom soon as we half way through our first month of winter, not that I'm counting.......not sure if it's 10 or 11 weeks till Spring!!!!I am trying to plant some flowers in a pretty shaded area. I'm wanting a variety of color, and I would really like them to be perennials. Any suggestions?
I do too Everbrown. My local one is sometimes limited but I just check them out first. This one in particular is also competitively priced so it's a win win for me and because I'm a regular they often give me a discount!!!!I cannot disagree with what others are saying about local more independent places but I also look around the big box places and get things there , more so if I am more or less experimenting and don't want to put a lot of money into something I may not do well with.
would you like to trade? I'll give you my sum wish spring and I'll take your winter? Seriously, this heat is killing me...Hellebore or Winter Rose are a lovely shade plant and a come In a variety of fairly subtle colors and patterns. Mine should be starting to bloom soon as we half way through our first month of winter, not that I'm counting.......not sure if it's 10 or 11 weeks till Spring!!!!
There's one nursery that I'm aware of, in the area. I just didnt know there was a really huge difference. It sounds like from now on I'll be driving the extra little ways to go to the nursery. When I do something, it matters to me whether its done right or not.
would you like to trade? I'll give you my sum wish spring and I'll take your winter? Seriously, this heat is killing me...
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