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Corydalis This perennial wins the prize for best bloomer; it starts bearing its clusters of golden-yellow flowers in early spring and continues nonstop all the way to frost. Its ferny, blue-green foliage is a delight, too -- but the deer don't seem to think so. Plant Name: Corydalis lutea Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall and wide Zones: 5-8, but it often comes back from seed as an annual in colder zones
This 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year offers pure magic in the shade garden. In spring, baby-blue, forget-me-not flower clusters are held above the beautifully frosted and crackled, deep green leaves – guaranteed to brighten up any woodland setting. This is a very versatile perennial and stunning when paired with other shade-lovers like Hosta and Hardy Ferns. Plant in partial to full shade only.
Electrify the darkest corners of your landscape with shade-loving perennial flowers. Here are some of our top picks for 2014.
Hellebores :: they're beautiful, refined, long-lasting, frost-resistant and low-maintenance. They're eager to bloom, sometimes appearing when the snow's still on the ground. They come back every year, thrive in the shade and deer hate them. What's not to love?