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Old 07-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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COLORFUL Shade Perenials / Shrubs

Hey guys,
Customer of mine has a nice shade garden but she wants more color in it. It is almost full shade- the northern side of a house. What are some plants that are either colorful in their foliage or flower in the summer/ fall that can do well in shade? I have already thought of dwarf fall blooming camellia and huechera.
Will nandina 'firepower' turn red in the shade or will it stay green? What is that dark red / purple shrub I see everywhere with thorns?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:12 PM
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I know barberry has color, but it is invasive and banned in many places
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:54 PM
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Hey guys,
Customer of mine has a nice shade garden but she wants more color in it. It is almost full shade- the northern side of a house. What are some plants that are either colorful in their foliage or flower in the summer/ fall that can do well in shade? I have already thought of dwarf fall blooming camellia and huechera.
Will nandina 'firepower' turn red in the shade or will it stay green? What is that dark red / purple shrub I see everywhere with thorns?
THANKS!
Firepower nandina only turn red in the winter time. During the summer, they're a bright lime green color. I have some in my backyard that have been there for years. It's south facing and full sun though, they've done great. Not sure how they'll do in shade.

What's your maximum mature size the landscape can accommodate? Hydrangeas would do well on a north side of a house. Would they be too big?

The shrubs you're talking about are probably Ruby Loropetalum. They can get pretty big though.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:05 PM
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Hostas. Lenten Rose. Ferns.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:49 PM
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how about peonies? they can handle a good amount of shade
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:55 PM
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I know barberry has color, but it is invasive and banned in many places
Around here they lose their color in the shade.

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how about peonies? they can handle a good amount of shade
Around here they won't flower in the shade.

Cimicifuga, Japanese painted ferns, pieris japonica, Chocolate joe-pye, dwarf bush honeysuckle, brunnera, astilbe, ginger, acanthus, pulmonaria, sedges, any of the Japanese forest grasses
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