Rodgersia and shade
I am thinking ahead to 2013 and there is a section of our property that I am contemplating making into a mostly perennial garden. It is in a back corner, a sector shape with a radius of about 12 feet (so around 110 square feet but some of this will be taken up with 2 existing wooden composters). This section receives very little direct sun due to a tall cedar hedge on one side and very dense overhead branches from a large tree along the back side. I know there may be an issue with intruding roots but the dominant tree on the park side of our fence is not a maple or willow so I am hopeful a garden can coexist.
I am hoping that even with lack of sun it doesnt have to be a hosta, heuchera garden. But I will consider more colourful additions later. Right now it is interesting to think about possible anchor plants.
I have always been trying to find an excuse to plant a the very slow growing Japanese Maple Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' but maybe more realistic regarding size could be a "Rodgersia" or two. As I recall GW member scottyboipdx very much likes these plants in his garden.
But the question most important to me is the amount of shade these plants can take and still thrive.
There are a few varieties that are more compact. For example I see Terra Nova has introduced "Bronze Peacock".
Anyways I am just wondering about your experiences with these "Rodgersia" in varying light conditions.
Here is a link that might be useful: Bronze Peacock