Recommendations for deep shade

lavenderlverJuly 25, 2012

Under the spread of a mature oak tree. I already have Blue Angels, Elegans and a common Marginata(?), so any suggestions for greens, chartruese or others that do well and show well in fairly deep shade?

I have a City Light that's not doing well in it current spot, how would it do if I planted it under the oak's canopy (where the canopy thins out)?

This spot faces SE in zone 6.

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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

You have the right idea in looking for chartreuse or any other light green to bring a bit of life to a dark, shady area. The one that works for me is Abiqua Recluse, a chartreuse hosta that so far is of medium size with good growth, even in the full shade of an apple tree. It's one of my favorites. With more sun it would probably turn yellow and grow larger, but it suits my purposes.

Abiqua Recluse 2012


    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 9:39AM
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Oak lighting is great - fairly high canopy, light is dappled since leaves are not at dense as Maples. My hosta grow great at North end of oak canopy - I call it bright shade, I would think SE would be very bright.

Bright Lights has Tokudama genes, which in general are slower growers.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 11:30AM
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Sorry I was thinking of Bright Lights which has Toku.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 11:31AM
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Very striking Abiqua Recluse, Steve. Is that Francis Williams behind it? Those three plants make a beautiful vignette (four plants I guess, counting the Golden Tiara???) I'm new too hosta, so please forgive me if I've misidentified your plants.

Paul, as always, thank you for your helpful imput!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 6:54PM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

Lavenderiver, the hostas showing in this group are Tokudama Flavocircinalis at 1 o'clock, Heavenly Tiara at 9, and Queen Josephine at 11. Not showing, behind this grouping, is Abiqua Moonbeam, which is my choice for a Frances Williams look-alike. Sorry I can't help with your question about City Lights which I don't have.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 8:18PM
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In truly 'deep shade', nothing grows. I can and do show visitors here that.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 11:55PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Glory does well for me in deep shade. No direct sun after the nearby black walnut leafs out.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:43PM
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My best suggestion for 'deep shade' is to 'fix' it. Limb up the trees, remove some trees, well, you get the idea.



    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 11:08PM
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