CSRA - suggest full shade plants?

Jackson, SC(Zone 7b)

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?

Columbia, SC

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!

Jackson, SC(Zone 8a)

just wanted to say hi to a fellow Jackson person.

right now everything is having a hard time due to the heat. my hostas are droopy and they are in the shade.

Cullowhee, NC(Zone 6b)

Is your shade dappled, deep woods, or flat out building shade?

Landrum, SC(Zone 7b)

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

Lexington, SC(Zone 8a)

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)

Agapanthus hybrids (lily-of-the-Nile)
Begonia x tuberhybrida (tuberous begonia)
Caladium x hortulanum (fancy-leaved caladium)
Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop)
Hyacinthoides hispanica (wood hyacinth)
Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)
Lilium martagon (Martagon lily)
Lycoris squamigera (resurrection lily)

Abelia x grandiflora (glossy abelia)
Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye)
Callicarpa spp. (beautyberry)
*Calycanthus floridus (sweet shrub)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Clethra alniflora (summer-sweet)
Corylopsis spp. (winter hazel)
Daphne x burkwoodii (Burkwood daphne)
*Dirca palustris (leatherwood)
*Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Fothergilla gardenii (dwarf fothergilla)
Hamamelis spp. (witch hazel)
Hydrangea macrophylla (french hydrangea)
*Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea)
Ilex decidua (possum haw)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry)
Itea japonica (Japanese sweetspire)
Kerria japonica (Japanese rose)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera fragrantissima (winter honeysuckle)
Paeonia suffruticosa (tree peony)
Philadelphus coronarius (sweet mock orange)
Rhododendron hybrids (Knap Hill, Exbury and Mollis hybrid azaleas)
Rhododendron spp. (native azaleas)
Salix purpurea (purple osier)
Sobaria sorbifolia (Ural false spirea)
Symphoricarpos spp. (snowberry)
Viburnum plicatum forma tomentosum (double file viburnum)
Weigela florida (old-fashioned weigela)

*Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair fern)
*Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ (Japanese painted fern)
*Cyrtomium falcatum (Japanese holly fern)
*Dryopteris marginalis (marginal shield fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum arostichoides (Christmas fern)
Polystichum munitum (Western sword fern)

Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’ (golden sedge)
Carex morrowii (Japanese sedge)
Chasmanthum latifolium (sea oats)
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Japanese wind grass)

Aconitum spp. (monkshood)
Alchemilla mollis (lady’s-mantle)
Anemone x hybrida (Japanese anemone)
Astilbe spp. (astilbe)
Begonia grandis (hardy begonia)
*Cimicifuga spp. (bugbane)
Corydalis lutea (yellow corydalis)
*Dicentra spp. (bleeding-heart)
Digitalis purpurea (foxglove)
Eupatorium coelestinum (hardy ageratum)
Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny daylily)
*Hosta cultivars (hosta)
Lamium maculatum (spotted dead nettle)
Ligularia spp. (ligularia)
Liriope muscari (blue lilyturf)
Lunaria annua (honesty)
Myosotis sylvatica (woodland forget-me-not)
Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)
Primula spp. (primrose)
*Pulmonaria saccharata (Bethlehem sage)

Actinidia kolomikta (Kolomikta vine)
*Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’ (bishop’s weed)
*Ajuga reptans (bugleweed)
Akebia quinata (five-leaf akebia)
*Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (bearberry)
*Asarum caudatum (British Columbia wild ginger)
*Bignonia capreolata (cross vine)
Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (leadwort/blue plumbago)
*Chrysogonum virginianum (goldenstar)
Clematis x hybrida (hybrid clematis)
Clematis maximowicziana (sweet autumn clematis)
Cobaea scandens (cup-and-saucer vine)
Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley)
Epimedium spp. (bishop’s hat)
Ficus pumila (creeping fig)
Galax urceolata (galax)
*Gaultheria procumbens (checkerberry)
Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina jasmine)
*Hedera helix (English ivy)
Hydrangea petiolaris (climbing hydrangea)
Jasminum nudiflorum (winter jasmine)
Juniperus conferta (shore juniper)
Liriope spicata (creeping lilyturf)
Lonicera x heckrottii (goldflame honeysuckle)
Lysimachia nummularia (creeping Jenny)
*Mazus reptans (mazus)
Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)
*Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum aubertii (silver lace vine)
*Saxifraga stolonifera (strawberry begonia)
Thunbergia alata (black-eyed Susan vine)
Trachelospermum jasminoides (confederate jasmine)
Vinca minor (myrtle, periwinkle)

Landrum, SC(Zone 7b)

Wow! Thanks for the great list! I will definitely print this out and take with me when I go plant shopping.

Jackson, SC(Zone 8a)

hi Mollie

yes wow what a list. it rained all around me tonight and i didnt get a drop. glad i hand watered today.

i am thinking voles got my hostas. the few i do have going are dying due to heat stroke.

Lexington, SC(Zone 8a)

voles or gophers? Either way, you can put down some granular castor oil (MoleOut, etc) to get rid of them... it works for voles, moles and gophers.

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