Looking for plants that do well in partial shade, preferably Miscanthus or Hosta.?

Question by grobianischus: Looking for plants that do well in partial shade, preferably Miscanthus or Hosta.?
I’m hoping for Miscanthus sinensis variegatus but it is supposed to sag somewhat without full sun. My mother’s garden has some in a similar shady area but recieves more morning sun than my yard. I like the banding of the variegatus and zebrinus. if these wont do well in partial shade does anyone have any suggestions. From what I’ve read about Hostas the green/white are more suitable for shady areas? Is this correct? Any species recommendations?
Maryland, USA hardiness zone 7
Maryland, USA hardiness zone 7

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Answer by Philip T
full sun can mean 6 hours….and the second point would be try it…it may work and it doesn’t then “shovel prune” it….best of luck

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2 Responses to “Looking for plants that do well in partial shade, preferably Miscanthus or Hosta.?”

  1. Rob E says:

    Consider Heucheras for your partially shaded area, as these come in a huge range of leaf colors, and don’t need much care, once planted, and are very hardy.

    Hostas are great in semi-shaded areas, and can bleach in full sun- I’ve had this happen with the blue varieties sometimes. Otherwise, variegated plants typically light good light, in order to have their variegation developed to good effect.

    Great Hostas include –
    Hi Ho Silver – lovely variegated plant, great to contrast with darker plants nearby.
    Bob Olson – dark leaved variegated type
    Xanadu – a fast, slightly taller golden and green variegated plant.

    Otherwise, my favourite blue is Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ -http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2933/ Ideal in the shade.

    Don’t worry if you can’t find the specific varieties, look around and find the ones that you like, there are some good online sellers.

    Heucheras to consider – http://www.terranovanurseries.com/wholesale/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=153
    http://www.terranovanurseries.com/wholesale/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=148
    Loads more Heucheras, just search around, they’re in purples, reds, pinks etc.

    My final plant recommendation – Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack, Frost’ variegated plant, with forget me not like blue flowers. http://www.liddlewonder.co.nz/schemedetail.php?plantid=719

    Hope this helps. Good luck! Rob

  2. jimsoulmate says:

    Hosta comes in a variety of colors and leaf shapes and is hardy and perennial. As for flowers, Impatiens are colorful, easy care, and do well in partial shade. Used both of these on the “shady” side of my house for years with great success.

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