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Native Rain Garden Plants for Shade

Native Mountain Rain Garden Plants for Shady Areas


  • Jack in the pulpit
  • Native Columbine
  • Trout Lily
  • Cinnamon Fern
  • Royal Fern
  • Ostrich Fern
  • Wild Ginger
  • Hepatica
  • Trillium (most of the them)
  • Yellow Root
  • Paw-Paw (small tree)
  • Inkberry Holly


Other Trees and Shrubs:

  • Pagoda Dogwood
  • Serviceberry
  • Swamp Azalea (fewer flowers is shade is over 70% of the time)
  • Ninebark
  • Native Hydrangea (ie Annabelle)


  • Prepare the soil with lots of composted leaves
  • Avoid using many trees as they will increase the shade



Compiled by Cliff Ruth

 Area Extension Agent

Commercial Horticulture



Page Last Updated: 9 years ago
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