Perennial Plants for Shade

Perennial Plants for Shade

Add brightness and depth to dark corners with shade-loving flowers

A shady spot in your landscape offers the opportunity to grow some wonderful, unique plant selections that not only tolerate shade but actually prefer it. These include richly-colored flowers, plants with lush green foliage, flowering groundcovers, and vines that will climb and provide cover. Best of all, air temperatures in a shade garden can be 15-25 degrees cooler than in the open sun! So choose your favorites and plant a relaxing place to cool off and unwind.

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  1. Japanese Sedge Grass Everillo filling out a container planting

    EverColor 'Everillo' Sedge Grass shines with golden foliage that lights up the shade garden. Part of the popular EverColor Series, foliage emerges lime green and shifts to a sunny ye...

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    EverColor® Everillo Sedge Grass Everillo Japanese Sedge Grass PP#21002 Carex oshimensis EverColor® Everillo PP#21002
    As low as $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    EverColor 'Everillo' Sedge Grass shines with golden foliage that lights up the shade garden. Part of the popular EverColor Series, foliage emerges lime green and shifts to a sunny yellow, adding vibrant texture and year-long color to the landscape. A versatile, low-maintenance groundcover or edging plant for wet or dry shade. Perfect for edging woodland pathways and shady planting beds. Add 'Everillo' to containers and window boxes for evergreen color and lush texture. Deer resistant. (Carex oshimensis)
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  2. Pink Ajuga Pink Lightning, Ajuga reptans, Bugleweed

    'Pink Lightning' Ajuga is a fast-growing groundcover with a unique look. Soft, sage green leaves are trimmed with cream edges, creating a beautiful backdrop for the bubblegum-pink fl...

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    Pink Lightning Ajuga Pink Lightning Bugleweed PP#22255 Ajuga reptans Pink Lightning PP#22255
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot

    'Pink Lightning' Ajuga is a fast-growing groundcover with a unique look. Soft, sage green leaves are trimmed with cream edges, creating a beautiful backdrop for the bubblegum-pink flower spikes that appear in late spring. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Pink Lightning' will spread rapidly when well-watered. (Ajuga) PP#22255

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  3. Coral Bells Champagne Heuchera with flowers - Photo courtesy of TERRA NOVA® Nurseries, Inc.

    'Champagne' Coral Bells has it all, with a compact form and foliage that changes from peach to gold and then to champagne-gold over the season. Its colorful foliage is accented by bu...

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    Champagne Coral Bells Coral Bells Champagne PP#27567 Heuchera villosa Champagne PP#27567
    $27.98 Sale $13.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Champagne' Coral Bells has it all, with a compact form and foliage that changes from peach to gold and then to champagne-gold over the season. Its colorful foliage is accented by burgundy stems of light peach bell-shaped flowers that bloom most of the summer. A perfect choice for a border or container, or plant them in groups for pizazz! (Heuchera)
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  4. Ruby Slippers Hydrangea, Oak Leaf Hydrangea Ruby Slippers, photo by Carmen Jolley

    'Ruby Slippers' Oak Leaf Hydrangea delivers oversized, cone-shaped blooms that arrive in white to light pink and deepen to a reddish-magenta as they age. A compact shrub, 'Ruby Slipp...

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    Ruby Slippers Oak Leaf Hydrangea Oak Leaf Hydrangea Ruby Slippers Hydrangea quercifolia Ruby Slippers
    $29.98 Sale $14.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Ruby Slippers' Oak Leaf Hydrangea delivers oversized, cone-shaped blooms that arrive in white to light pink and deepen to a reddish-magenta as they age. A compact shrub, 'Ruby Slippers' is a fine choice for small spaces and planting in containers, or training into a low hedge. Its lobed, oak-like leaves change to burgundy as fall appoaches, bringing another layer of vibrant color to the landscape. (Hydrangea quercifolia)
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  5. White Astilbe japonica Deutschland, Astilbe japonica, False Spirea, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy ...

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    Deutschland Astilbe Deutschland False Spirea Astilbe japonica Deutschland
    $26.98 Sale $15.99
    Per Bag of 3
    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy green, mounding foliage. Very showy and very easy to care for, like most astilbes, this one is resistant to both deer and rabbits. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica)
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  6. Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern

    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. ...

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    Ostrich Fern Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
    As low as $17.98 Sale $11.69
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. Like most ferns, this one prefers a cool, moist spot and will spread and thrive in any wet, shady area of the garden. A notably graceful plant. (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
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  7. Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea

    Annabelle' Hydrangea is famous for its huge, snow-white blooms and excellent cold hardiness. This shorter variety grows 3 - 5 ft tall and flowers reliably, even after severe winters ...

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    Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea Snowball Hydrangea Annabelle Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle
    $25.98 Sale $12.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Annabelle' Hydrangea is famous for its huge, snow-white blooms and excellent cold hardiness. This shorter variety grows 3 - 5 ft tall and flowers reliably, even after severe winters and intentional pruning. Its enormous 10" blooms and ability to adapt to both cold and heat have made 'Annabelle' one of the most popular hydrangeas in the country. (Hydrangea arborescens)
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  8. Burgundy Glow Ajuga, Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow

    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpe...

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    Burgundy Glow Ajuga Burgundy Glow Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
    As low as $8.98 Sale $4.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpet over even the toughest-of-soils in full and part shade. Growing 4-6" tall and 12-18" wide, 'Burgundy Glow' is considered evergreen in warmer regions. (Ajuga reptans)
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  9. White Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-do...

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    Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
    $18.98 Sale $12.99
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    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-down, hung-to-dry pants. Blooming in early spring, the delicate fern-like foliage lasts on, changing from a gray-green to pale yellow. A simple yet striking addition to the shade or woodland garden. (Dicentra cucullaria)
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  10. Lamium White Nancy, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    White Nancy Lamium White Nancy Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum White Nancy
    As low as $9.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)
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  11. White Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum, Wake-Robin

    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 4 inches across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth th...

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    White Trillium White Wake Robin, Wood Lily Trillium grandiflorum
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 4 inches across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth the wait. Seeds produced by the plants and underground roots and will spread slowly into drifts of trillium that look like a white blanket covering the ground. (Trillium grandiflorum)
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  12. Coral Bells Caramel, Heuchera Caramel, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy...

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    Caramel Coral Bells Caramel Coral Bells PP#16560 Heuchera Caramel PP#16560
    $23.98 Sale $13.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy-colored hue, inviting pollinators to the garden with lovely pink flowers. 'Caramel' Coral Bells provides lasting contrast and texture throughout the growing season, holding up well to summer’s humidity and heat. (Heuchera)
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  13. Astilbe Mix, Astilbe, False Spirea

    Add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden with our Astilbe Mix. 'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight, 'Montgomery' Astilbe has feathery, ...

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    Astilbe Mix False Spirea Mix Astilbe Mix
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 5
    Add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden with our Astilbe Mix. 'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight, 'Montgomery' Astilbe has feathery, magenta-crimson blooms and 'Rheinland' Astilbe adds graceful pink plumes to illuminate the shade garden. Also known as False Spirea, our Astilbe Mixture is deer resistant and amazingly easy to grow. Make sure to plant extra, as these blooms make for gorgeous summer bouquets and last all year long if dried. Astilbe makes a bold statement on their own or paired with other shade-loving perennials, such as Hostas and Columbines.
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  14. Pink Sister Theresa Astilbe False Spirea, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    'Sister Theresa' Astilbe glows with thick, cotton candy-colored plumes that sway softly in the breeze. Mounds of finely-cut, green foliage remain true throughout the season, providin...

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    Sister Theresa Astilbe False Spirea Sister Theresa Astilbe arendsii Sister Theresa
    $25.98 Sale $12.99
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    'Sister Theresa' Astilbe glows with thick, cotton candy-colored plumes that sway softly in the breeze. Mounds of finely-cut, green foliage remain true throughout the season, providing a graceful backdrop for later-blooming flowers. Lovely in rock gardens and when planted in drifts. Prefers moist soil. (Astilbe arendsii)
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  15. Red Astilbe japonica Montgomery, Astilbe, False Spirea

    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of co...

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    Montgomery Astilbe False Spirea Montgomery Astilbe japonica Montgomery
    $24.98 Sale $17.99
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    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of color and is a perfect choice for mass plantings. Leaves emerge bronze-red in spring and turn green over the course of the season. Prefers moist soil. (Astilbe japonica)
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  16. Catlin's Giant Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant

    'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attra...

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    Catlin's Giant Ajuga Catlin's Giant Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant
    As low as $8.98 Sale $4.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden in late spring and pair beautifully with the bronze-tinged leaves. Try this one under trees and in other spots where grass struggles to grow. (Ajuga reptans)
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  17. Lily of the Valley Rosea, Convallaria majalis, Pink Lily of the Valley

    Rosea Lily of the Valley produces pale rose pink colored bell shaped flowers from an upright stem. Once the flowers pass orange berries form and add late summer added texture to sha...

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    Rosea Lily of the Valley Rosea Lily of the Valley, May Bells Convallaria majalis Rosea
    $23.98 Sale $12.99
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    Rosea Lily of the Valley produces pale rose pink colored bell shaped flowers from an upright stem. Once the flowers pass orange berries form and add late summer added texture to shady areas. This petite flower has a wonderful fragrance and makes for an excellent cut flower. (Convallaria majalis)
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  18. Jack In The Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to ...

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    Jack in the Pulpit Jack in the Pulpit, Cobra Lily Arisaema triphyllum
    $18.98 Sale $12.99
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    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to produce brilliantly-red berries. A truly stunning, unique plant for the shade garden, Jack in the Pulpit can reproduce and spread over time in moist soils. (Ariseama triphyllum)
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  19. Hosta Fire Island, Hosta, Plantain Lily

    A unique Hosta for your shade garden, 'Fire Island' is unmatched with bright-yellow leaves on reddish-purple stems. Leaves evolve to light green as the season progresses and are join...

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    Fire Island Hosta Fire Island Plantain Lily Hosta Fire Island
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    A unique Hosta for your shade garden, 'Fire Island' is unmatched with bright-yellow leaves on reddish-purple stems. Leaves evolve to light green as the season progresses and are joined by spikes of lavender flowers in mid summer. A perfect choice for container plantings and the front of the perennial border. (Hosta)
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  20. Red Trillium, Trillium erectum, Wake-Robin

    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and ...

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    Red Trillium Wake Robin, Stinking Benjamin, Purple Trillium Trillium erectum
    $19.98 Sale $12.99
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    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and Wake Robin, the flowers are some of the first to appear in spring and last for just under one month before forming berries that wildlife snack on. Prefers moist shade and rich soil and will naturalize over time. (Trillium erectum)
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  21. Hayscented Fern, Dennstaedtia fronds

    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. ...

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    Hay Scented Fern Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. Growing from 18-24" tall, Hay-Scented Fern will spread quickly to form colonies that can cover a large expanse. When the fronds are disturbed, the lovely scent of summertime hay wafts through the air. (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
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  22. Painted Trillium, Trillium undulatum, Wake-Robin

    Painted Trillium is an enchanting woodland wildflower, with delicate white petals and a magenta-red center burst. Native to the northern woods, each plant produces a single bloom tha...

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    Painted Trillium Wake Robin, Painted Lady Trillium undulatum
    $18.98 Sale $9.99
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    Painted Trillium is an enchanting woodland wildflower, with delicate white petals and a magenta-red center burst. Native to the northern woods, each plant produces a single bloom that sits atop three whorled leaves. Painted Trillium prefers acid soils but can adapt itself to sweeter, more alkaline soils as long as it is given a good amount of shade and moisture. (Trillium undulatum)
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  23. Hosta Halcyon, Plantain Lily Halcyon, with flowers beginning to bloom growing in garden with a mix of other varieties

    A sturdy and compact hosta, 'Halcyon' has blue, heart-shaped leaves with heavy ribbing and towers of lavender flowers. A handsome choice for the shade garden, 'Halcyon' is an excepti...

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    Halcyon Hosta Plantain Lily Halcyon Hosta Halcyon
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    A sturdy and compact hosta, 'Halcyon' has blue, heart-shaped leaves with heavy ribbing and towers of lavender flowers. A handsome choice for the shade garden, 'Halcyon' is an exceptional way to add texture and dimension to plant groupings. A first-rate perfomer in containers. (Hosta)
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