North facing/shade foundation gardening

Maigan(z6b MD)March 27, 2007

My house faces North and the front of my house is in desperate need of some landscaping. The entire length of my home is in shade with NO sun hitting it.

Any suggestions as to what I can plant that will survive? My husband just ripped out the evergreen bushes that I did not plant that have been an eyesore for many years. Now the front of my house is barren looking! hehe I simply cannot figure out what to plant that will not only have curb appeal but will grow.

Thanks in advance


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I just finished researching shade plants for the north side of my house. Shrubs are hard to come by, but I did find a few interesting plants. I'm in zone 6, so I'm sure most would work in MD. Here's what I dug up:

Yews adapt to shade, come in several shapes and sizes

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) 3' to 4' shrub with pink or white flowers.

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) In the Holly family. Assuming you have a male and female bush, they produce red berries for the winter months.

Ferns - Maidenhair caught my eye, but there are many varieties.

Hostas - take your pick, can't kill 'em.

Ground covers: Myrtle (vinca minor)
Sweet Violet (viola odorata)
Sweet Woodruff (galium odoratum)

Daphne - this one has very pretty foliage

Bee Balm - this one spreads a lot each year

Not a ton to choose from, but it's a start. Hope it helps.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2007 at 2:31PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Many rhodies (which include azaleas) should do well for you in that situation, and so would Pieris. I can't imagine that bee balm would do well in full shade. Although the front of your house is in full shade, I imagine it's what gardeners call "bright" shade, that is with no other trees shading it and open to a lawn.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2007 at 6:18AM
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giboosi_alttara(z6 CT)

Enkianthus should also do well, as would dogwoods and viburnums and forsythia, although they wouldn't bloom profusely.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 7:57PM
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In Maryland, in two houses both facing north, I had success with rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias, junipers, boxwood, and Burford hollies.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2007 at 5:07PM
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