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Will my Coreopsis and salvia's do ok in part shade

Posted by cargobean 5 (My Page) on
Thu, May 24, 07 at 14:18

Hi: I have a question about shade. I have planted 4 Coreopsis, 2 Baby Sun, and 2 Early Sunrise, and 4 salvia's; 2 Rose Queen, and one Blue Queen and one May Night Salvia in my garden. My question is I have a small tree in my garden that gives these guys a lot of shade, but they get full sun from about 3pm on. Does getting sun from 3-7 count? And will they do ok? The 2 Early Sunrise allready have buds as do the salvia's, so that's a good sign. I planted these gusy here cause I love them and they are good long bloomer's. Any help would be appreciated.

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RE: Will my Coreopsis and salvia's do ok in part shade

Full sun means at least six hours of direct sun, preferably between 10 and 4. Shade until 3pm counts as part shade at the best, if dappled then light shade.

Your plants need full sun. They will survive with only late afternoon sun but will be spindly and may not bloom well.

Astible, foxglobe, campanula are long bloomers for shade

Here is a link that might be useful: Shade Gardens

RE: Will my Coreopsis and salvia's do ok in part shade

For what it's worth, I have a small planting that's mostly salvia underneath a spruce tree.
They get full/dappled shade *all day* and while they're smaller than their full sun partners, they still do quite well.
I think they were harder to get established at first, comparatively, just because they didn't grow as quickly as the others.

RE: Will my Coreopsis and salvia's do ok in part shade


I have been gardening in the shade for 15 years, and I've found that many sun loving flowers do OK in part shade, but they don't bloom as much. My May Night Salvia do well with very little sun. I'm having success with Moon Beam Coreopsis in part shade, as long as they have good circulation. Mildew can be a problem with coreopsis if they they're too crowded, so I have mine on the front edge of a garden, where they can catch a breeze.

Astilbe is a good choice for shade, unless you're tree is a Maple. Astilbes and Maples do not get along well at all. If your tree happens to be a Black Walnut, you should be aware that there is a long list of plants that don't do well under Black Walnuts.

Another little known shade plant is Corydalis Lutea. These guys have pretty foliage, dainty yellow flowers, and they bloom from early spring - frost. The only down side is that they spread, but I don't mind because they have almost no root system, so they're easy to pull if they're crowding other plants. They're also easy to transplant.

Good luck!

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