Need tall flowering plant for partly shaded spot in USDA zone 8

westover(Portland OR)July 14, 2009

I am fond of a clump of echinacea that chose to live on the south edge of my garden. It hasn't expanded in years, it just springs up in the same place year after year, and reaches 5-6 feet high. But what can I plant immediately north of it? The annuals I've tried there just sulk in the shade of the echinacea, except for cosmos, and even the tallest cosmos are too short to be seen above the echinacea. So it has to be something that will flower even higher than the echincea, and it has to tolerate the shade from the echinacea, at least for its first 5 feet or so. Tall sunflowers get floppy and don't do well there, perhaps because it's only morning sun shaded by the house in the afternoon. I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Nandina domestica? The flowers aren't brilliant but the foliage can be. (I'm thinking of the tall variety, not the low shrubby ones.)

One of the elegant grasses, perhaps? As a foil for the Echinacea.

Ribes odoratum or sanguinea?

Penstemon?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 4:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vickid62

I like the sound of the tall grass combo. What about Joe Pye weed?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 12:01PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Foundation planting help
I posted a whole long message but I think it was lost....
lmich9
What to grow under a Maple Tree?
I have a Maple tree in my front yard and I can't seem...
NutCracker20
Planting among dense roots
The fruitless mulberry, privets, and Japanese maple...
dlees
Large leaves.
This NOID doesn't have any flowers, but sure has some...
newgen
What can I plant here?
I live on the Central Coast of California. According...
kristie_007
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™