So many of my plants are doing good this year! My thumb usually turns my plants brown instead of green so I am pleased. I am located in the (CSRA) Central Savannah River Area (Aiken, SC to Augusta, GA).
Two of my favorite full sun plants are Willow Dale Lavender & Gray Santolina, which I have planted beside a small (100 gal.) pre-fab gold-fish pond. Everyone who visits always ask about these two plants and where I acquired them. I took cuttings this morning and potted in hopes of having some to share.
Does anyone in this area have suggestions on flowering perennials that grow easily in full shade in this area?
Fatsia japonica is a wonderful evergreen for shade. Its large leaves give Fatsia a tropical look. My neighbor grows hers in morning sun that lasts until about 11 a.m. this time of year. Flowering is in the Fall, but it doesn't seem to flower every year. Many Astilbes don't seem to like our growing conditions, but I purchased Astilbe chinensis taquetti ‘Purple Candles’ last year, and it's in flower right now. For early Spring flowers, Primula japonica should be okay. Solomon's Seal, especially the variegated one, would also look super in full shade. And of course Hostas have lavender or white flowers.
I'm going to have to look up the Willow Dale Lavender!
I live up near Spartanburg/Greenville - actually almost on the SC/NC line. I have the hosta with the bluish tinged, very broad leaf. Sorry I have forgotten the right name. I have them everywhere from full sun to complete shade. Those in full sun have always grown much bigger than those in the full shade but all have done well for 15 years. As of a couple of weeks ago, they all look terrible. I have had a few years when the grubs ate well but this year I seem to have not only that problem but for the first time ever my hostas are turning yellow and then the outer leaf edges turn brown and wilt and eventually fall of the plant. We got pretty dry for a while but they have withstood worse before. I thought the last week of rain would help but it seems to have made it worse. I have done a ton of reading and thought it was a fungus but now I think it is more than that. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks
I posted this in another forum but here it is again.
It's a long list, but I hope this helps some. This list was given to me when I took a seminar sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens®. As always, you will need to check to make sure that the plants are suitable for your region.
These plants prosper in light or half shade. Plants marked with ‘*’ also do well in difficult deep shade.
Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum (wax begonia)
Coleus x hybridus (coleus)
Impatiens wallerana (impatiens)
Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum)
Torenia fournierni (wishbone flowers)
Viola x wittrockiana (pansy)