Shade Garden

The amount of shade a plant can tolerate varies on its ability to produce carbohydrates through photosythesis at the lower energy levels available to the plant at less light. Shade-tolerant plants are typically more energy efficient and typically more adapted to the more nutrient-rich soils of the woodland floor. Morning light is considered cooler while afternoon light can be considerably hot. A plant’s ability to grow and thrive in different soil types and varying levels of light and soil moisture depends on the region in which it evolved over time. Listed below are plants that prefer shade.

22582A Ageratina altissima
Ageratina altissima
White Snakeroot
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Allium tricoccum
Wild Leek
22483A Aquilegia canadensis NGN A NP
Aquilegia canadensis
Wild Columbine
22485A Arisaema triphyllum
Arisaema triphyllum
22512A Bromus pubescens
Bromus pubescens
Woodland Brome
22521A Carex blanda NGN A NP
Carex blanda
Common Wood Sedge
22788A Carex emoryi A
Carex emoryi
Riverbank Sedge
22528A Carex gracillima NGN A NP
Carex gracillima
Purple-sheathed Graceful Sedge
22530A Carex grayi NGN A NP
Carex grayi
Common Bur Sedge
22536A Carex Jamesii
Carex jamesii
Grass Sedge
22541A Carex normalis NGN A NP
Carex normalis
Spreading Oval Sedge
22544A Carex pensylvanica NGN A NP
Carex pensylvanica
Common Oak Sedge
22546A Carex radiata A NP
Carex radiata
Straight-styled Wood Sedge
22548A Carex rosea
Carex rosea
Curly-styled Wood Sedge, Rosy Sedge
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Carex sprengelii
Long-beaked Sedge
22559A Chelone glabra NGN A NP
Chelone glabra
22561A Cinna arundinacea
Cinna arundinacea
Common Wood Reed
22570A Diarrhena americana
Diarrhena americana
Beak Grass
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Dicentra cucullaria
Dutchman's Breeches
22576A Elymus virginicus A
Elymus virginicus
Virginia Wildrye
22495A Aster macrophyllus NGN A NP
Eurybia macrophylla
Big-leaved Aster
22588A Geranium maculatum NGN A NP
Geranium maculatum
Wild Geranium
22598A Hydrophyllum virginianum NGN A NP
Hydrophyllum virginianum
Virginia Waterleaf
22623A Mertensia virginica NGN A NP
Mertensia virginica
Virginia Bluebells
22644A Phlox divaricata NGN A PO
Phlox divaricata
Woodland Phlox
22647A Polemonium reptans NGN A NP
Polemonium reptans
Jacob's Ladder
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Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum
Great Solomon's Seal
22673A Sedum ternatum A GC
Sedum ternatum
Wild Stonecrop
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Solidago caesia
Blue-stemmed Goldenrod
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Solidago ulmifolia
Elm-leaved Goldenrod
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Symphyotrichum shortii
Short's Aster
23730A Thalictrum dioicum
Thalictrum dioicum
Early Meadow Rue