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NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE SHADE GARDEN

Why Plant Native?

It’s a great question. What benefits do native plants offer that exotics do not? First let’s define what we mean by “native”. Native plants are those that are perfectly hardy in the Horticultural Zone you are in. Here on Long Island, that’s Zone 7 and specifically 7a and 7b. Here’s a map to help give you a bit of perspective (click for full size):
USZoneMap
These maps are generated every year and described the average temperatures (highs and lows) by zone and correlate that data against what types of plants grow well in those zones. The result is that you can confidently plan your landscape according to the types of plants that do well in your area. Native plants require less maintenance and less care than exotics, need to be watered less and often do not require fertilizers or soil maintenance either. In fact, if you get Zone-Native plants that are also local, your landscape will be specifically adapted to local soil-, air-, moisture-, & nutrient- conditions in your area which further reduces your need for maintenance & care and the result is still a beautiful, thriving living landscape!!

Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Native Plants for Shady Areas

GERANIUM MACULATUM
geranium_maculatum

Details

Height: 1.5’ to 2’
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower: Pink, lilac
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant once established


AQUILEGIA CANADENSIS (Columbine)
Aquilegia_Canadensis

Details

Height: 2’ to 3’
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower: Pink, red/yellow
Attracts hummingbirds
Drought tolerant once established


HEUCHERA VILLOSA ‘AUTUMN BRIDE’
Heuchera villosa 'Autumn Bride'

Details

Height: 1.5’ to 3’
Bloom Time: August-September
Flower: White


POLYGONATUM ORDORATUM ‘VARIEGATUM’
(Soloman’s Seal)
polygonatum_ordoratumvariegatum

Details

Height: 2’ to 2.5’
Bloom Time: May-June
Flower: White Variegated leaves with creamy white edges


RUELLA HUMILIS (Wild Petunia)
Ruella_Humilis

Details

Height: 1.5’ to 2’
Bloom Time: May-October
Flower: Lavender/lilac, blue
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant once established


ZIZIA AUREA (Golden Alexander)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Details

Height: 1.5’ to 3’
Bloom Time: May-June
Flower: Yellow Attracts butterflies
Makes a good cut flower

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