Any suggestions for a small yard (mobile home park) with most of the yard facing north?

Question by deb8603: Any suggestions for a small yard (mobile home park) with most of the yard facing north?
I’m interested in perennials that would give color & fragrance from early spring to late fall, if that is possible. There is also a small area (approximately 2.5 ft X 4 ft.) between the walkway & the side of the home that I’d like to add some type of water feature.

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Answer by mdesertbound
North facing yard will be great for shade plants.

Hosta – lots (of foliage varieties & they self propagate new ones)
Ferns – Cinnamon stick is my favorite
Lilly of the Valley
Coral Bells – make a really showy border plant and bloom all summer. Like a nice flowing red wave when mass planted.
Mosses – lots of beauties you can plant in among some rocks.

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2 Responses to “Any suggestions for a small yard (mobile home park) with most of the yard facing north?”

  1. MR. T. says:

    Hostra as mentioned,
    also peppermint plants very fragrant, Canna Lillie’s, some roses not all,
    some vines do well in shady areas too, gladiolas, tulips, and other bulb plants seem to do well in shade to partial shade

  2. wize woman says:

    I’d suggest the beautiful Vinca as a ground cover, they bloom beautifully in the spring and have attractive almost evergreen leaves that conceal the unattractive foliage of the small flowering perennials after they stop blooming–tulips, daffodils, pansies, dwarf irises, violas, dwarf lilies, small mums, and more.
    I love this concept in my garden and all my gardening friends copied the idea; however, vinca takes time to become bushy, so colour cedar mulch could help to cover the bare spots in the beginning; plant vincas–a few stems per hole–they like company.
    P.S. In the cold season hostas look sad. Good luck!

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