What to plant in dry shade

jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)May 17, 2014

I want a flower bed outside my office window, One that I can enjoy when I need a break from working at my desk. The problem is that it's on the north side of my house. With trees starting about 25 out, I would like the flower bed on the edge of the trees. SO it's dry, and shady, in the summer our sump pump drains out there, with our seepage in the basement, and laundry water.

I do have a bleeding heart in that area, but it's been there many years, and is still small.

SO I need plants zone 3 hardy, that like clay soil, dry, and shady...........not asking much am I!

Anyone have any suggestions?

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I have lots of shade and some of the plants that do best for me are Cicmicifuga, Ligularia, Pulomnaria, Astilbe, and of course, Hosta.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 7:53AM
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My experience in those conditions has been it's not great for ligularia or astilbe.

Lamiums, vinca, and pulmonaria do well in a similar micro-climate in my yard. Also a spreading geranium and false solomon's seal.
Let's see... and a shade rue, bloodroot, ginger, some ferns. There's a shade phlox, too.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:57PM
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dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

How about a sprinkler?
Any of the Solomon Seal/False Solomon Seal do well in shade.
Uvularia, Jack in the Pulpit, Aralias, Actea, Violas. Lots of things like the shade. And can be a good reason to get outside for a few minutes to tend to them.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 9:55PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

The Previous Owners, in full drought, had hostas, vinca minor, and spirea on the north side of the house (with large maples, further west, adding more shade).

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 10:00PM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

I want to throw out there, that after having had experience with vinca on a 'larger' scale, I would not plant vinca anywhere! There was a small patch of it in the yard at the house where I live in Michigan (moved from MN) and it has spread. It's over much larger areas now and tends to choke out everything! We pull as much of it as we can every spring, but it just can't seem to be controlled.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 8:16AM
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Iris cristata is beautiful and once established can take dry shade. The leaves are graceful and lovely and look good all spring/summer/fall.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 12:55AM
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The many epimediums would be a good choice, I think, along with the suggestion of geraniums (macrorrhizum, maculatum, and others).


    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 11:45PM
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dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

Cut down the damn maple tree. It's just another form of 'weed'.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:02PM
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jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)

What maple tree? We can't grow them, as often as I have tried they die! we are dealing with a collection of Oak, Pine, Elm, and I don't know what else.......it's a tree line......about 2 acres worth of trees on the north side of the property. Dry and outside my office window......I would to look at something other than trees once in a while.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:57PM
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