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[JUNE 9, 2004]  URBANA -- Home gardeners often assume and act on the conventional wisdom that says to plant petunias in sunny areas and impatiens in shady spots, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

"People might want to consider things that are more out of the mainstream," said Greg Stack. "Home gardeners need to look at what else is out there in terms of plants for these locations."

If they do so, home gardeners might find themselves on the cutting edge of their neighborhood; a person might become a "real mover and shaker in terms of gardens," Stack said.

The information gardeners need can be found on Extension's Urban Program Resources Network website in the "Hort Corner" section on the "Beyond Impatiens and Petunias" pages.

Stack said home gardeners are often conditioned to automatically go with petunias in sunny areas and impatiens in shady ones, even though many alternatives are available.


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The "Beyond Impatiens and Petunias" pages offer home gardeners a variety of choices.

"We list and describe 18 different options for sunny areas, 10 for shady areas and five for partially shaded parts of the garden," said Stack.

The site provides a guide for matching plants to a particular location based on factors like light, soil conditions and moisture.

"There is also information on other plants to consider as well, including shade-tolerant ornamental grasses, perennials for both dry shade and wet areas, and perennials and annuals for dry and sunny areas," said Stack.

Stack said the intent is to provide the home gardener with more information and options.

"We hope this site will open up the gardening vista to other plants and choices," he said.

[University of Illinois news release]

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