"I have lots of shade; these are perfect plants for me. They arrived strong and ready to grow and have thrived through a wickedly hot, dry summer. Great plants, great price!"
LindaB in NC
Gardening in shade? A shady spot in your garden offers the opportunity to grow some wonderful, unique plant selections that not only tolerate shade but actually prefer it. Here are a few of our favorites for spring planting.
Blue Cardinal Flower is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. It is easy to grow and will thrive in either sun or shade. It is perfect for planting in the back of a perennial garden to offset smaller flowers. (Lobelia siphilitica) More Details
This gorgeous woodland flower boasts unique, vivid purple flowers that are famous for having just three petals each. Wild Spiderwort was one of the treasures of the New World taken home by an early British Plant Explorer. (Tradescantia subaspera) More Details
Deutschland’s pure white plumes illuminate the shade garden. This favorite Astilbe gets its name from Germany, where it was hybridized. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica) More Details
Found in the US National Arboretum, this stunning Hydrangea’s white blooms quickly change to pink, followed by a ruby-red in the late season. The oak-like leaves add extra drama to this easy-to-grow variety. (Hydrangea quercifolia) More Details
This Foxglove adds elegance and charm to the summer garden with large, lavender-colored flowers that have dark speckles. A butterfly-magnet, Camelot Lavender is the perfect choice for any partly shaded garden. (Digitalis) More Details
Pistachio’s bright pink and vibrant green blooms are a true conversation-starter in the garden. This unique Hyrangea will bloom twice in one season, making a long-lasting statement in late spring to fall. PPAF (Hydrangea macrophylla) More Details
A versatile and compact grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge Evergold can be tucked almost anywhere in the garden. Growing to be about 12” tall, the graceful, think blades are complimented by a yellow stripe. Instantly adding depth and texture to any garden bed, this Ornamental Grass is extremely low-maintenance once established. Evergold is an evergreen variety, prefers as much sun as possible, and is critter resistant. More Details
Add bright color and texture to your shade garden with this gorgeous Japenese Sedge Grass. This ornamental grass is an evergreen, but won’t overtake your perennial garden. We recommend planting this taller variety towards the back of the garden as a wall of green color to set off your favorite shade-loving perennials. This variegated Japanese Sedge is deer resistant and prefers moist soil. More Details
This unique Foxglove produces gorgeous, pastel shades of apricot-orange blooms that are lightly spotted. Plant this biennial beauty in any sunny or partially sunny area and it will bloom this year. (Digitalis Purpurea) More Details
This unique perennial is a must-have for any shade garden and definitely steals the show! The brilliant foliage changes color throughout the season and the gorgeous red scapes boast elegant bells in the early summer. Growing to be only 2’ tall and spreading about the same, this variety is the perfect choice for a small space, border, or container garden. Although Heuchera, or Coral Bells, thrives in shade, it also grows in full sun and is an easy-to-grow perennial. USPPAF More Details
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