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The Best Perennials for Shade

Brighten up sheltered spots in your landscape with these easy-to-grow shade plants that come back year after year.
Greta Hastings
Greta Hastings • 2 years ago

shade perennial - astilbe feathery plumes early summer. can grow up to 4 feet tall, depending on variety. Needs consistently moist soil to thrive so GOOD FOR AREAS THAT DON'T DRAIN WELL. "Sprite" has shell-pink blooms. Plant with "britt-Marie Crawford" ligularia which has dramatic purple foliage and golden-organe flowers.

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Astilbe Enjoy the feathery plumes of Astilbe in early summer. This tough perennial blooms in shades of burgundy, red, pink, lavender, and white. In addition to the attractive flowers, it has finely cut foliage, which in many varieties is flushed with bronze. Astilbe grows best in Zones 4-8 and can reach up to 4 feet tall, depending on variety.

Bellflower- best plants for cottage gardens This tough perennial produces spikes of white or blue blooms in early and midsummer. Like most cottage garden plants, the flowers are great for cutting. Name: Campanula percisifolia Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8, depending on variety More on Growing Bellflower

Snowdrift Astilbe Add texture to your shade garden with astilbe. This easy-care perennial produces feathery plumes of pink, red, or white flowers in early summer. The finely divided, ferny foliage looks great, too -- especially when you pair it with hostas and other big-leafed perennials. Name: Astilbe 'Snowdrift' Growing Conditions: Shade and moist soil Size: To 2 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-9 It's Also Perfect With: Old-fashioned bleeding heart; astilbe blooms as the bleeding heart fades

Perennial Hibiscus This has to be one of the boldest plants in the garden. Offering flowers all summer long in shades of red, pink, and white, individual blooms can be as much as 12 inches across and keep on coming all the way through fall. Plant Name: Hibiscus moscheutos Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist soil Size: To 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide Grow it with: Spiderwort, which blooms before the late-waking hibiscus starts to grow. Zones: 5-10 ...

Fothergilla to the rescue if you want a beautiful blooming shrub that thrives in the shade. This compact plant really delivers: It bears clusters of white, fragrant flowers in spring, then in autumn the leaves turn an amazing array of reds, yellows, and oranges. Shade and moist, well-drained soil. Up to 6 feet tall wide, depending on type

Majestic oakleaf hydrangea is one of the easiest types to grow. . Oakleaf hydrangea can be a big shrub (it grows 8 feet tall) that's great for providing summertime privacy or as a backdrop in the shade garden. Like smooth hydrangea, it's native to areas of North America. Standout Varieties Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice' offers extra-large blooms and more spectacular fall color. It grows 10 feet tall.

Delphinium Producing stately spires in shades of purple, blue, pink, and white, delphiniums are about as regal as garden flowers come. Unfortunately, taller types need staking to protect them from wind but they're well worth this bit of extra work. Name: Delphinium varieties Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: 1-6 feet tall, depending on variety Zones: 3-7, depending on variety More on Growing Delphinums

Japanese Forestgrass SHADE PLANT: Japanese forestgrass (Hakonechloa macra) is a wonderful grass for shady areas. It offers a lovely waterfall-like habit and variegated varieties have bight gold, yellow, or white in the foliage. In fall, the leaves usually pick up beautiful reddish tones. It grows best in Zones 5-9 and grows a foot tall.

'Pumila' Astilbe A compact variety perfect for small spaces, 'Pumila' also offers great flower power. The fragrant pink blooms make it a garden superstar. Plus it's deer resistant! Name: Astilbe 'Pumila' Growing Conditions: Part sun to shade and well-drained soil Size: 12 inches tall Zones: 4-8

Astilbe The feathery plumes of astilbe rise above fernlike foliage for a month or more in late spring and early summer. Available in shades of pink, white, and red, astilbe is ideal for shady, moist spots. Plant a swath of these 2- to 3-foot-tall beauties for a memorable display year after year.

Artemisia- no fail perrenials for the midwest Perennials with great-looking foliage are just as valuable as those with pretty blooms. Artemisia is a perfect example; this perennial offers silvery foliage that pairs well with flowers of every color. Plant Name: Artemisia selections Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide Grow it with: Delphiniums, which create a stunning contrast with their upright, spiky habit....

'Silver Shimmers', (zones 4 to 9) is a stunner for shaded areas. This plant thrives in woodland conditions, with moist, rich, well-drained soil in shade, and grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. Give it a site with good air circulation, as some Pulmonaria are prone to mildew, though I've never seen it on this variety. It blooms blue in spring.