I'm moving and need shade flowers

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I love that you have a relatively clean area to plant. That allows you pretty much free rein to do what you want.

For the best color you need to add plenty of accents from annuals. Caladiums come in bright colors and add a tropical feel. Impatiens are the goto flower for color in the shade. Here is a list of zone 5 hardy perennials I have in my shade gardens:
Astilbe - whites, reds, pinks and a lavender
Bergeinia - 3 varieties
Bleeding heart - white, traditional, yellow foliage, fern-leaf (a pink/red)
Blood root
Columbine 6 varieties
Cimicifuga racemosa
Dutchman’s breeches
English Primrose 5 colors
Ferns - hardy fern collection - plus maiden hair, fiddlestick, cinnamon, Japanese painted, silver-ghost, and two others
Fuchsia Magellanica
Geraniums, hardy (cranesbill) - blue, pink, Birch’s double, Sanguimeum, Johnson’s blue, Sanguimeum ‘album’, Sanguineum ‘striatum’, Wild geranium
Goat’s beard
Heucheria - 11 varieties
Heuch-tirellia - 5 varieties
Hosta - more than 30 varieties
Hydrangea - Dwf forever pink, Annable, and 11 other varieties
Jack in the Pulpit
Japanese lily
Lamium- white, pink and lavender
Lily of the Valley - white
Monkshood 2 varieties
Polemonium - Brise D Jnjou
Pulminaria - three varieties
Solomon’s seal, Variegated
Tirellia - Foam flower and one other
 

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Thanks everyone!

I've been working on moving my flowers/plants that I have now, over to the new house. My MIL has a great eye for design so she's been helping me transplant them.

We did find one lonely pitiful hosta up against the house. It's possible more will come up.

And this bush thing that's on the sunny side of the house, any idea what it could be? Is it a big weedy bush or something I should keep?
 

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Judging from its location, I suspect it is a planted shrub. It doesn't look like anything I have seen around here in south-est, central-est Wisconsin in woody brush. I don't know what you might see growing wild in zone 7.

Do you see any signs it might have flowered earlier in the year? Do you see anything similar to this plant growing wild near enough to be its mother? Check the leaves for matches on nearby trees as well.

It is possible that you have a something good, but it is also possible that it is nothing more than a tree sapling that was cut down over and over and suckered into this form. You can see how other plants around the house were cared for (or not cared for).

At this point, you could work on your yard plantings around this plant and wait until spring; you could take your photos and a branch to a local nursery; or you could root it out and plant something you know you would enjoy in that spot. Then again, we have several 'experts' on this site who may have been enjoying the holiday and not stopped by for a visit. I defer to any and all opinions from ya'll Southern members on TEG. Give 'em a bit of time to get back online.
 

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I don't recognize it either. From the close-up it looks more like a shrub than a vine type thing. I tend to go along with the tree sapling that suckered theory. As scrawny/spindly as it is I have trouble seeing how that could be trained to be attractive, but maybe.

It kind of reminds me of a persimmon. Does it have a smell when you crush the leaves?

If the nursery can't help you, you can take a branch with leaves to your county extension agent for identification. They'll probably send it to an expert at your state land grant university for identification. Some extension agents are a lot better than others but a decent one is a great resource for may things.
 

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Do Calla Lillies grow in your area? I may have a couple that I could send you. I just gave most of them to my sister.

Mary
 

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You are welcome to come over anytime and dig up some hosta. The med sized ones in the front of the house have green and white stripes and are getting really crowded. I'm sure we can find a few other things too.
 

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I love that you have a relatively clean area to plant. That allows you pretty much free rein to do what you want.

For the best color you need to add plenty of accents from annuals. Caladiums come in bright colors and add a tropical feel. Impatiens are the goto flower for color in the shade. Here is a list of zone 5 hardy perennials I have in my shade gardens:
Astilbe - whites, reds, pinks and a lavender
Bergeinia - 3 varieties
Bleeding heart - white, traditional, yellow foliage, fern-leaf (a pink/red)
Blood root
Columbine 6 varieties
Cimicifuga racemosa
Dutchman’s breeches
English Primrose 5 colors
Ferns - hardy fern collection - plus maiden hair, fiddlestick, cinnamon, Japanese painted, silver-ghost, and two others
Fuchsia Magellanica
Geraniums, hardy (cranesbill) - blue, pink, Birch’s double, Sanguimeum, Johnson’s blue, Sanguimeum ‘album’, Sanguineum ‘striatum’, Wild geranium
Goat’s beard
Heucheria - 11 varieties
Heuch-tirellia - 5 varieties
Hosta - more than 30 varieties
Hydrangea - Dwf forever pink, Annable, and 11 other varieties
Jack in the Pulpit
Japanese lily
Lamium- white, pink and lavender
Lily of the Valley - white
Monkshood 2 varieties
Polemonium - Brise D Jnjou
Pulminaria - three varieties
Solomon’s seal, Variegated
Tirellia - Foam flower and one other
Yes sir Mr. Loan Officer, this is the list of things that I will be buying with the line of credit that I need to have for a much better curb apeal for our home. :D
 

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