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What flowers grow good in shade?

I'm starting up my garden for the spring/summer time like I do every year, and i was wondering what flowers grow good in shade. I have a small section that's right by the fence, and kind under the patio shade structure, and it doesn't get much light except for about between 12-2.

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Also, I live in Southern California, if that helps at all.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Pansies or impatiens will work well, but if you want greenery instead with just a small amount of flower, I'd plant hostas. They love the shade, and the showy part is the leaves. They come in all sizes, from about 6" to about 3', and the leaves are all different shades of green, from yellow-green to blue-green. You can also find striped leaves and/or textured ones. Check for hosta clubs or hosta growers in your area for a great variety. They love shade; in fact, the more shade the better. They're also perennials, so you don't have to replant every year. And they're easy to grow. I have a front yard full, and I usually have a black thumb.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, shade is typically a dark spot, especially if under a deck area. I like to plant things that really "pop".

    Check out these Huechera or Coral Bells... They come in thousands of varieties, unbelievable foliage color and texture, attract hummingbirds and butterflies when they bloom. Even though the bloom is small, the foliage is so grand you will not be sorry!

    http://www.terranovanurseries.com/wholesale/module...

    Try hellebore's for the areas that get the most light, again - AMAZING colors and varieties

    http://www.terranovanurseries.com/wholesale/module...

    If you have enough space for a shrub, try some big leaf hydrangeas

    http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/hydrange...

    If you would like a terrific face spreading ground cover, you must try ajuga reptans!

    http://www.fantasticplants.com/Merchant2/merchant....

    You have tons of options.... I would go to your local garden center or nursery as I am certain there are more for you to choose from than I can possibly list here.

    Texture and color are key... Just keep water/soil and bloom time in mind.

    Best of luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Crazy because I thought mine would die but make a raised bed and a mix of gravel on the bottem then a sandy/cactus mix and add grasses and succulents.Im from tx and moved to arkansas and thought they would die but they have been going for two months now strong! I added pea gravel in between and everyone is amazed at how great it looks.I have the same problem with shade we live on the top of a hill and the best light is in the backyard so I gave it a go, but Ive found succulents are tough lil boogers:).

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  • Rob E
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Foxgloves like shade, grow in California, and come in a range of colours, mostly tall plants, so good towards back of borders. http://cornucopiaseeds.com.au/zencart/images/foxgl... Easy from seed, packets contain hundreds too, so you can get a great mass impact from them.

    Heucheras are mostly shade plants, though some of the brighter newer hybrids prefer some sun. http://www.gardencrossings.com/_ccLib/image/produc...

    Hellebores are winter/spring flowering plants, that thrive in mostly shaded areas. http://www.srgc.org.uk/wisley/2007/201207/Hellebor...

    For a bush, Fatsia japonica has great foliage, and white flowers, thrives in shady spots. http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/grapevine/attachm... plant mostly grown for its foliage is the Elephant Ears group of plants, mostly preferring shade in So Ca. http://www.emilycompost.com/elephant_ear.htm

    Hostas are also good in shade - enormous range of foliage colour, and most with attractive flowers. http://www.rizreyes.com/files/Hosta_Diana_Remember...

    Hope this helps. Good luck! Rob

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  • Rob B
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Most need at least some partial sunlight. Check with your local nursery as they will be able to tell you what grows best in your area.

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  • 1 decade ago

    hostas, astilbe, azalea,

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  • 1 decade ago

    impatiens

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