shade plants from seed/cuttings?

newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)March 10, 2010

Hi all. In addition to being a fledgling gardener, I am a teacher. Another teacher and I are starting a courtyard shade garden at our school. Any recommendations for plants that can be grown from seed or cuttings easily that are adaptable to shade or partial shade? Thanks!

Megan

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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Do you want flowers or just ground cover plants? Annuals or perennials? For a school garden, it is nice to have plants that flower in spring or fall when the kids/teachers are in school to see them. I find that early bulbs such as snowdrops, narcissus poeticus, siberian squill etc. are really easy and low maintenance. Then pick some fall-flowering plants such as Japanese anemones, pink turtlehead, etc. for late colour. Shade annuals include impatiens and fibrous begonias, but I think that it is too late to start seeds of these now. Both of these are slow growing from seed and have to be started very early. Also small flats/trays of blooming plants can be purchased quite cheaply in the spring. Maybe you could put a small notice in your school paper or on a notice board in the teachers' room asking for donations of shade tolerant plants for your garden.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 8:54AM
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newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)

Ontario:

Great ideas! Thanks so much!

Megan

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 10:38AM
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