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Re: Shade Garden

Of course Gene's Munchkin Nursery and Chris' Bon Vivant would be first places to look, and perhaps all that is necessary, but you said you were compiling a list so I'd like to suggest a couple of others. For dry shade, Epimediums are wonderful and that's what Darryl Probst specializes in at Garden Vision. He does also carry other shade plants too. Go to
and click on the link near the top to contact him and ask for a catalog. Many pages of full color photos, many of which you'll see online, but the catalog is not online.

Another I'd like to suggest is North Wind Perennials fka Plant Pics pka Shady Oaks in Duluth. Mainly Hosta, but also about 40 other genera including many types of ferns and trillims, orchids, Actea, Mertensia, Trout lilies, Bloodroot (including double), Tiarellas, Astrantias, Dodecatheon. Again, no online presence, but contact Clayton Osmund at
athyrium @ charter.net
and ask for a catalog.

All 4 of the suppliers I've mentioned above are small businesses involving only one or two people running the whole show who care very much about their plants and customer service. I believe we should support such small businesses whenever possible.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "SueNY" <sue.nyc@att.net>
Cc: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 9:29 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Shade Garden

Anyone know of good sources for plants that do well in shade? I am starting
to compile a list of catalogs to send for for my winter reading and planning
and would like to do a shade garden next year. The landlord is allowing me
to clean up the alley and a good portion of it is shaded/sundappled. Where
it is fenced in and
fairly spaceous we are hoping to turn it into a backyard type area. :-)
Right now it's pretty bare except for grass and mulch.

Sue (6B)

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