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need help with hydranga 4 Replies

I purchased a pinky winky hydranga last year and planted it in full sun as they told meto do at the garden center. well it hasn't bloomed last year and it looks like it died actually. do you have to…Continue

Started by Janet Grocholski. Last reply by Chet Stentiford Mar 6, 2012.


I love hostas. I have many varieties if anyone is interested. I raise 1gal. hostas that i sell for $5.00 + $2.50 shipping each.They are 1gal size plants shipped bareroot. you can e-mail me at   …Continue

Started by Michael W. Hall. Last reply by Bill Lovelock Nov 17, 2010.

Varieties 5 Replies

Most of my front and back are shaded during the summer because of large large trees. I am always open to new plants to try in my backyard. Can you send other suggestions or better yet photos of your…Continue

Started by Sue DiLillo. Last reply by Kristina Hooper Oct 10, 2010.

hostas 6 Replies

HOSTA HELP NEEDED!!  I am having trouble with my hostas that I planted over a month ago.  I live in Texas and knew to plant them in the shade, but they wont grow, or die.  They still have the same…Continue

Started by tammy. Last reply by MG Sep 13, 2010.

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Comment by Pat Stephens on November 8, 2010 at 9:06am
Love that blue corydalis---I have white and yellow and they do great.
Comment by Mike Foley on November 8, 2010 at 8:35am
I'm having good luck with Peacock Ginger. Have been nurturing and replanting many that were in the property when we bought it (2008). They are hardy and do well with moist soil and slug treatments. Great complement to the butterfly Gingers front walkway that approaches the shady 'glade' I'm finally tending to.
Comment by Leslie Nikulka/Ouderkirk on May 9, 2010 at 10:54am
Hi everyone! I have a raised bed in the courtyard of my apt. building which is 90% shade. One small end of this bed receives some late afternoon sun. ln the shaded area I have ferns, Lily of the Valley, four varieties of Hostas, and a Bleeding Heart. In the one end that receives some sun I have a small Rose bush, a Peony as well as regular and garlic Chives. Everything just thrives in this garden! As I stood back and looked at this garden the other day, I realized it's looking quite Oriental and I luv it! What I need now is a low growing, flowering plant for along the front border to give it a little "zing". Any suggestions? I think an Oriental ornament would look nice as well! I will definitely be viewing your comments and suggestions and look forward to sharing with you!

Comment by Jessica on March 4, 2010 at 9:39am
St John's Wort and Jacob's Ladder are new additions for me. I love, also, the early spring bulbs and primroses and cowslips which get the sun they need and die back before the leaves come out in full on the trees. I also have a hibiscus arborescans growing happily in partial shade. It's exquisite when it blooms.
Comment by Barry Vanderveer on November 24, 2009 at 9:10am
Arisaema, Cypripedium, Disporum, Corydalis are all wonderful additions. Here are photos of a few in my garden which is Zone 5.

Comment by Laura C Sims on October 3, 2009 at 3:23pm
hostas, ferns, caladiums, astilbe, celandine poppies, and bleeding hearts are beautiful in early spring. these are all fairly fool proof. check with your local nursery for other varieties for you zone. i especially love the pink caladiums but they do need to be dug up for the winter.
Comment by Pat Carpenter on September 20, 2009 at 12:58pm
I've just started a meditation shade garden this summer and have no idea if any of the plants will survive the winter. I'll try to put up some photos today with a note or comment on the varieties i've used.... have a great gardening day!
Comment by Ruth on September 20, 2009 at 9:18am
Have you tried Coral Bells? I tried them on the north side of my old house which is all shade and they grew and bloomed like they were in the sun most of the time! I like the dark purple-leaf variety, which is such a contrast if you have mostly greens. They seem very hardy and I never had a problem with bugs. :)
Comment by ALLEN on September 20, 2009 at 7:47am
I have quite a bit of Pachysandra growing as well especially around the bases of some trees and they are very well behaved shade loving plants that need hardly any care once started. I like the fact that they are also everygreen too and seemingly pest free.
Comment by Marjory Bailey on September 19, 2009 at 11:58pm
I have liked bleeding hearts and they do very well in the shade liking rich soil.Marjory Bailey

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