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Finding the best plants for shaded areas

Jay Crawford got a lesson on which plants fare best in the shade and how to take care of them on Monday's What's New.

CLEVELAND — Having a lot of shade in your yard is nice on those really hot summer days. However, trying to get your plants to grow in limited sun can be a challenge. 

On Monday's edition of What's New, Noelle Akin from Petitti's Garden Center stopped by Jay Crawford's house to show us which plants fare well in the shade and how to take care of them. 

Here are some of the tips we learned:

Oak leaf hydrangea

  • good leaf texture, flowers

Leucothoe

  • holds leaves all year, has variegated leaf pattern
  • use for foliage accent, but does bloom little white flowers 

Hookarella

  • peachy orange and purple foliage for good color ad texture 

Degrees of shade:

  • 4-6 hours of shade - dappled shade
  • Shade conditions - 4 hours or less 
  • Deep shade

Noelle also suggests to look for foliage color and texture. Ferns are good to use for texture.

You can watch the segment from Monday's What's New in the player above.

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