What to plant alongside house, mostly shade?

stevecapecod(6a-6b (cape cod))March 30, 2013

I need suggestions on what to plant in a long, narrow strip alongside the foundation of our house. The area gets very little direct sunshine, almost none in the summer. I'd like something that's low to the ground (no more than 2 feet high) and low-maintenance. Flowering would be a plus but not a requirement. I live on Cape Cod, zone 6A.Thanks in advance.

This post was edited by stevecapecod on Sat, Mar 30, 13 at 17:40

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gardengal48

Not precisely sure all of these will be fully hardy for you but you can start with hostas, ferns, brunnera (perennial forget-me-nots), hellebores and astilbe, dwarf pieris, Ilex crenata 'Helleri' (dwarf Japanese holly). Also suitable are epimediums, azaleas, dwarf rhodies, bleeding heart.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 6:18PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

To add how about some Lamium 'lemon frost' (I love these) or coral bells.... couple more to ponder.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 12:33AM
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