csrliz(5/Ohio)May 31, 2004

I have a spot in my backyard, up against a fence, that gets no sun, and stays wet. I would love to put something there that gets tall, and preferably has some color. I did have elephant ears there, which literally took off, but the bulbs didn't come back, even though I overwintered them in the basement.

Any ideas???

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Shade, wet, tall, color. Astilbe? I am not sure how much wet they like, but they do like it somewhat wet. I just leave the flowers up all summer, fall and winter. They look nice even when the color is gone.

Here is a link that might be useful: Astilbe, first ones I found.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2004 at 8:58PM
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    Bookmark   June 1, 2004 at 7:14AM
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autumnmoon(6a/se ks)

Ostrich,royal, interrupted, cinamon ferns.. all like wet shade. All get pretty tall too


    Bookmark   June 12, 2004 at 8:28PM
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Twinkle(7 GA)

Hydrangea. They like to be watered a lot, so may do fine in that spot. They don't need direct sun at all, but would flower better with some bright light. (You didn't mention trees.)

Lots of kinds of hydrangea. Nice green foliage, summer blooms, leaves turn color in the fall, and flowerheads left on the plant look interesting in the winter. Endless Summer or another kind that blooms on new wood would be good for your area. I think they would freeze to the ground each year.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2004 at 9:02AM
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