Hydrangea colors... Someone across town has a dark purple one and it is gorgeous! I would love one of those for our yard.

Hydrangea colors... Someone across town has a dark purple one and it is gorgeous! I would love one of those for our yard.

Ranunculus Asiaticus White; Hardy, perennial. Thrives in sun or shade with moist but well-drained soil. A good choice for borders, pots and containers.

Ranunculus Asiaticus White; Hardy, perennial. Thrives in sun or shade with moist but well-drained soil. A good choice for borders, pots and containers.

Lily of the Valley Bordeaux. Very fragrant. Great for ground cover in shady areas around the tree line. Perennial, Full Shade, Part Sun, 6-8 in. tall, 10 weeks bloom.

Lily of the Valley Bordeaux. Very fragrant. Great for ground cover in shady areas around the tree line. Perennial, Full Shade, Part Sun, 6-8 in. tall, 10 weeks bloom.

Helleborus, Stained Glass A flowering FULL SHADE perennial! Full Shade (less than 3 hours of direct sun) to Part Shade (3-6 hours of early morning or early afternoon sun). Height 14-18", Spread 20-24", Blooms in the Spring.

Helleborus, Stained Glass A flowering FULL SHADE perennial! Full Shade (less than 3 hours of direct sun) to Part Shade (3-6 hours of early morning or early afternoon sun). Height 14-18", Spread 20-24", Blooms in the Spring.

'Wild Swan' Anemone Name: Anemone x macane Growing Conditions: Shade or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide Zones: 6-8 Grow It With: Hellebore Source: Visit monrovia.com

New Shade-Loving Perennial Varieties for 2013

'Wild Swan' Anemone Name: Anemone x macane Growing Conditions: Shade or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide Zones: 6-8 Grow It With: Hellebore Source: Visit monrovia.com

Columbine or aquilegia is a herbaceous perennial that is drought tolerant (once established) and self-seeds if not deadheaded. The plant grows to 2' tall when in bloom and blooms late spring-early summer. Flowers come in a variety of colors. Grow in part shade. Best in rock and woodland gardens and as edging plants. Zones 3-9

Columbine or aquilegia is a herbaceous perennial that is drought tolerant (once established) and self-seeds if not deadheaded. The plant grows to 2' tall when in bloom and blooms late spring-early summer. Flowers come in a variety of colors. Grow in part shade. Best in rock and woodland gardens and as edging plants. Zones 3-9

Begonia (Tuberous): For sizzling color in pots and hanging baskets, it’s hard to beat these perennials. Flowers come in every shade but blue.

20 colorful plants for shade gardens

Begonia (Tuberous): For sizzling color in pots and hanging baskets, it’s hard to beat these perennials. Flowers come in every shade but blue.

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