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Suggestions for cutting garden in partially sunny area.

Posted by vlf4230 z6 Pa (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 9, 07 at 19:14

Does anyone have any suggestion for cutting flowers that grow well in about 4 hours of mid morning to early afternoon sun. Ummmm....grow AND flower I should add.

We'd love to go for the English Cottage look but not sure the area we have in mind is cut out for this.

I grew some dwarf cannas last year in this year and they did bloom so I doubt the area is hopeless.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you have personal experience growing in this amount of sun that would be great.



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RE: Suggestions for cutting garden in partially sunny area.

There are lots of plants that would flower in part shade (astilbe, bleeding heart, violets, mountain laurel, hosta, speedwells, columbine) but I can't think of many that'd be good cut flowers.

Is the shade cast by a tree, or by a building? If it's a deciduous tree, you could plant daffodils for cutting. They'd bloom before the tree leaves out fully.

RE: Suggestions for cutting garden in partially sunny area.

I have dahlias in a window box that gets about 4 hours of morning and midafternoon sun. They seem to be doing very well. Hydrangea should also do well, oakleaf hydrangea is a nice native, though there is a new hydrangea which bloom repeatedly on new wood. (All other hydrangea's bloom on old wood, which is why you don't want to cut back a hydrangea.) You might also try Globe Amaranth, Foxglove, and Butterfly Bush (traditionally a full sun plant, but mine blooms in a partially shaded area).

RE: Suggestions for cutting garden in partially sunny area.

There is another hydrangea that does well in shade or sun and flowers on new wood. Try looking for Annabelle hydrangea.
It can be a little floppy but only because it flowers so much.... and the white flowers really light up a partially shaded area. I think you'll like it.
how about hostas? Some have nice flowers as well as leaves that can be cut. 'Royal standard' has pure white blooms that are fragrant too. I like this one more for it's blooms than it's foliage, plus it's indestructible (unless you have deer and voles). Hey I just learned that this was the first patented hosta back in 1965!
You might have luck with a few lilies. 4 hours might be enough sun. Other than that I'm out of ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: annabelle

RE: Suggestions for cutting garden in partially sunny area.

In part it depends on whether this is a dry or a moist area.

Some that work for me and are good for cutting: Columbines, Feverfew, German Chamomile, Black Eyed Susan.

You might experiment with flowers that are for both sun and shade.


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