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I'm wondering if you could recommend some easy, low maintenance plans or flowers that are shade lovers? I have this patchy area in the garden that the neighbor's tree totally shades all day. Went to my mega houseware store to find some white impatients but didn't see any. I"m not opposed to going to a more garden-centric store like a nursery.  It can also be a perennial or an annual. Size is about about 3 feet by 3 feet. 

Any advice/help would be appreciated.  



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It seems like Hostas are one thing that seems to be OK in the shady part of our yard, though we have another in the sun that seems perfectly happy.  We also have a Spiderwort that thrives in a shady spot. 




I found one site in a quick search on Google that you might look at when I used the search terms Portland Oregon shady plants.  It's http://www.gardenguides.com/101555-shade-loving-plants-oregon.html

Good luck!


There are many, many plants you could select from that would meet your needs and thrive.  Here are some old reliables I turn to again and again:

-Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart', Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart

-Blechnum spicant, Deer Fern

-Hosta 'June', Plantain Lily (although not as low maintenance as the others because of the necessity of slug control)

-Gaultheria shallon, Salal

-Fuschia magellanica 'Pat's Dream', Ladies Eardrops


I recommend you visit the Plant Finder page at Blooming Gardens to see the kind of selection available to you.  Once there, click on Advanced Search and check the boxes that pertain to your specific conditions: shade; shrub, perennial or groundcover; 0-3' ht; and so on.  Then have fun looking at all the plants that interest you. 


Blooming Gardens does not sell retail, but it does large wholesale business to many of our local nurseries so you shouldn't have a problem locating your selected plants.  I would also suggest having a list of backup plants in case you don't find your first choices.


And depending on where you live, I would recommend Portland Nursery and Garden Fever on the eastside, and Loen Nursery, Al's Garden Center and Dennis's 7 Dees on the west.


Good luck and have fun.

Thanks, I am going to look at these. I have had hostas before and you're right, they do great in the shade. They are a little bit...dare I say...boring? But I love bleeding hearts and the spiderworts look interesting. 

I live in the Northeast and will try to go to a more garden centric nursery. I have a feeling they will have much more variety for me. I took out my Perennial guide last night and got a little more inspiration.  


I am definitely going to check out those website and resources, I am excited what I will plant will next! BTW, I got a nice little Japanese maple at the farmer's market and thought it would have been perfect for that spot but alas, the seller said it's a partial shade plant. 


Thanks again!!!


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