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#357090 May 24th, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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And astillbe can I plant in the shade, It gets a bit of morning sun, and I have just dug up a disastrous plant that turned out to be a ground cover. ( Note to self never buy anything before researching) Sweet woodruff Agh, It was sold to me a few years ago, I thought it was pretty, and well you know the rest. Any how, Would like to put something in this area that has three giant hostas and now a big empty space, It is under a fairly large ornamental crab. Would love ideas! idea


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Bill #357097 May 24th, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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I love my bleeding hearts...that flower bed just gets morning sun and my hearts thrive there...even in my clay soil that keeps trying to convince me it is top soil! grin


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I love my Primroses. Admittedly they don't bloom for very long but I love them just the same. You could put a very colorful bunch in a large space. The bleeding hearts are nice too. I don't have very good luck with them myself.


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I have columbines planted for color also.


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Thanks guys great suggestions all. You know I used to have bleeding hearts several years ago, and a few years ago they just never came back. I adored them too.
My columbines are all over even in full sun, they just grow everywhere. Well okay I spread the seeds! :)
Edited to add.. WOW Bill great resources. I need to remember to use them on here, Fantastic! Thanks for all you do!

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Used to have some really nice ferns in my shade garden at the other house as well as bleeding hearts. I have a ton of bleeding hearts, if you'd like me to send you some bare roots, shoot me a PM. I don't mind thinning mine out and giving you some.


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...after looking at Bill's list, the ferns I had were deer fern and they got really big. I loved those things!!


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I tried the japanese painted ferns in my shade garden. They came up ones kind of scraggly and then went away. I was really disappointed. There are several plants that have disappointed me. I guess my brown thumb hasn't really turned greeen yet.


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TK wait until next year , the fern might come back.

The first year I had planted my hostas, they shriveled up & died after a while---I thought to myself well, they were not sun Hostas as they were advertized---but I did nothing else to the area....

well the next hear they came back, did faily well, & now, several years down the road, they come back every year strong & good---so I say hold out hope dont make any hasty changes... !!!


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TK - I have 2 painted ferns that I planted about 3 years ago under the white birch tree out front. They came from the same place, are planted the same - one is thriving and the other barely limps along each year. I've decided they are pretty finicky, so don't blame your thumb for that plant! kissie


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Junie one leaf did come back that fall but I haven't seen anything this year. But as you say I haven't done anything in that area hoping against hope that it will come back.

Plants and pots thanks for the moral support. It could well be that area. I tried the forest grass there too and it shriveled up and died. We won't even mention the mock orange or the hydranga.

It might be time to do a soil sample in that area and see if something is going on that is not good for the plants I'm choosing.


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My Painted Ferns are just now beginning to pop up...

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I wondered if maybe it was just to hot all winter and that messed them up.


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The painted ferns sound lovely But I bet they are not hardy in My zone.. Michigan.
I will have to go to the Nursery to see if I can find anything this week.
I dont want anything that gets too big or runs wild!


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They sell painted ferns here and we are zone 3/4.


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