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Type of plants, flowers or shrubs in the shade

What type of plants, flowers or shrubs are best for shaded areas? The soil is pretty hard in my backyard where I'd like to plant. However in the summer we have tremendously soft spots (almost sink holes) b/c of underground critters. In any case, the parameter of the property is where it is hard soil. We do have fencing around the entire property which is where I'd like to plant something in between each link of fence. So if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.
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Well there are many shade-loving plants that would be very happy in your New Jersey backyard. I suggest you go to the Plant Encyclopedia on this site and do an Advanced Search, plugging in your zone and specific planting requirements. Then, it should give you a planting list with all your options.

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