Best Bets: Plants for Particular Uses
These plants are recommended by Extension Master Gardeners for use in shade gardens.
In addition to Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, this page also includes additional MGNV resources such as recorded public education classes and articles with information on this topic.
Native Annuals, Bulbs, and Corms
Native Grasses, Sedges & Rushes
Native Ground Covers
The purpose of the garden is to educate Northern Virginians about gardening in shade. Plants, many native to this region, were donated by local nurseries, individuals, and organizations. Master Gardeners provided the labor. The Shade Garden features many plants native to our area and to the eastern U.S., along with well-adapted, non-invasive exotics. The use of native plants provides nourishment and habitat to local wildlife and has the added benefit of being low-maintenance for gardeners.
Recorded Public Education Class
Native Ground Covers for Sun and Shade September 26, 2020
Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 1 – March, 2012
Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 2 – April, 2012
Hellebores – A Gardener’s Comfort – May 23, 2017
Native Sedges for the Home Garden – March 8, 2018