need some colour....

misobentoAugust 30, 2012

Hi all....I was looking at our front yard this morning and it is all green, green, green. Blah. The flowers have all finished for the most part and the toad lilies still have a ways to go until they bloom. Any suggestions for something I could plant that would bloom end of August/early September that would tolerate high shade? Zone 5.

(plants in that garden already: rhododendron, astilbe, coral bells, hosta, hellebore, fern, toad lily etc). )

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

You could try some of these..... Japanese anemones. They come single and double, white and pink.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 10:21AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

...or turtleheads (Chelone obliqua speciosa) or Cimicifuga (now Actaea) racemosa.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 5:29PM
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Many of the Hydrangea paniculata are at their peak now - Pinky Winky, Pink Diamond, The Swan, etc. and would be happy with bright shade. I have one of the dark red leafed Cimicifugas/Actaeas, maybe 'Brunette', which adds color from the foliage as well as the tall wands of flowers. I know you asked about flowers, but often in shade I count on foliage to provide much of the color - chartreuse, gold, and white from hosta (along with their lavender and white flowers), variegated leaves from some of the shrubby dogwoods, Brunneras, and Solomon's seal, and a whole bunch of different colors from Heuchera and Heucherella: chartreuse, gold, reddish, maroon, frosted and everything in between.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 8:30AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I love my anemones! They are just about ready to bloom. Hydrangea are also a wonderful choice. My pups ran over my cimiicifugas, so I can only say I wish...!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 8:52AM
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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

Right now my Kiss Me Over garden Gate look pretty. Hummers sitting in them to wait their turn.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 7:06PM
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koszta, could you post a pic of your KMOGG? I planted Love Lies Bleeding and I thought the two plants were very similar, the LLB being an annual. Mine didn't get very tall on account of dry conditions but are blooming finally.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 12:04PM
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roseberri, z6(6)

If you like periwinkle blue you could try Perennial ageratum and the Sedums often bloom now ( Autumn Joy,etc)

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 10:52AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Coleus come in a huge variety of colors and patterns, and they keep going as long as it's reasonable warm. And they do great in all light levels.


    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:32PM
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