I have a shady garden in southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and am interested in introducing more native plants of all sizes and heights, hopefully with lovely flowers. I would love to know what you might suggest.
Please see our Recommended Species page and choose Wisconsin from the map or the pull-down menu. This will give you a list of more than 170 native plants that are commercially available for landscaping in Wisconsin. You can use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option to find plants suitable for the shade by selecting 'Shade - 2 hrs or less' under Light Requirement. You can also make selections under Soil Moisture and General Appearance. Here are a few suggestions from the list:
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