Bulbs for Shade

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:16:19 PDT

I've added a series of pages to the wiki taken from suggestions given 
by members of the pbs list for bulbs that members have found do well 
growing in the shade. We had a Topic of the Week for this in 2003, 
but I've included suggestions from other threads on the subject. If 
anyone wants to suggest additional species or genera that do well for 
them growing in the shade that were not included feel free to suggest 
them and I'll add them time permitting.

One of the things that struck me when working on this was how much it 
depended on where you lived. A number of people suggested Narcissus 
for instance and that surprised me since this genus does best where I 
live in the full sun and most of the ones I've planted in my mostly 
shady  garden I never see blooming. But a number of species and 
cultivars people in my location have planted in full sun seem to do 
really well. My winters can be wet and dark and perhaps people with 
dryer sunnier winters can get away with planting them in more shade. 
And it's important to point out that what is considered to be shade 
varies and some things may grow well in sun or shade.

At the time of the Topic of the Week Boyce Tankersley listed 
favorites from the different places he lived and that made a lot of 
sense since he had lived in dramatically different climates.

I hope you will find these pages useful. The different choices can be 
found from the index page.


Mary Sue

More information about the pbs mailing list