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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
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Shade Loving Garden - Large

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Our Large Shade Garden features vibrant colors and textures that transform your low light areas into inspired wonderlands. Shade-loving superstars like Mophead Hydrangea and Ligularia The Rocket burst forward, while understory perennials provide a backdrop of lush, multicolored foliage and delicate blooms.

Zones 5 - 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Bloom Time Late spring to early fall
Size Collection of 23

Plant Information

At temperatures ten to fifteen degrees cooler than found in the sunny parts of your yard, why not plant yourself an entire outdoor room within the shade? Our Shade Loving Garden has been artfully designed to show off 23 plants that thrive in shady spots. Mature plants will fill a 12 x 6' rectangular bed or 72 square feet of planting space.

Includes: 1 Hydrangea macrophylla (Mophead Hydrangea) All Summer Beauty, 1 Actaea simplex (Bugbane) Atropurpurea, 3 Astilbe japonica (False Spirea) Montgomery, 3 Ligularia stenocephala (Golden Ray) The Rocket, 3 Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart) Pink, 3 Hosta (Plantain Lily) Patriot, 3 Viola cornuta (Violet) Columbine, 3 Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle) Orchid Frost PP#11122, and 3 Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle) White Nancy.

Comes with detailed care instructions and 3 diagrams illustrating correct layouts for planting in rectangular, island, and corner-shaped beds. We do reserve the right to make substitutions; however, our replacement plants are always very similar. Save 10% on each individual plant price when purchasing any pre-planned garden.

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Plant Key for 12 x 6' Beds

1 - Hydrangea macrophylla (Mophead Hydrangea) All Summer Beauty - 1 plant
2 - Astilbe japonica (False Spirea) Montgomery - 3 plants
3 - Ligularia stenocephala (Golden Ray) The Rocket - 3 plants
4 - Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart) Pink - 3 plants
5 - Hosta (Plantain Lily) Patriot - 3 plants
6 - Actaea simplex (Bugbane) Atropurpurea - 1 plant
7 - Viola cornuta (Violet) Columbine - 3 plants
8 - Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle) Orchid Frost PP#11122 - 3 plants
9 - Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle) White Nancy - 3 plants

Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time Late spring to early fall
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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