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. Shady Nook Fern Collection

    The Shady Nook Fern Collection adds a touch of grace to the garden with smooth lines of flowing foliage. A soothing color palette blends layers of cool green and blue with silver and...

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    Shady Nook Fern Collection Shady Nook Fern Collection
    $39.99 Sale $33.99
    Per Collection of 7
    The Shady Nook Fern Collection adds a touch of grace to the garden with smooth lines of flowing foliage. A soothing color palette blends layers of cool green and blue with silver and burgundy accents. These deer-resistant plants are perfect for naturalizing in woodland gardens and other shady sites. Three unique growth habits make for an eye-catching grouping.
  2. Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

    Wild Geranium is our showiest native geranium, with large lavender-pink blooms. Its‚ gorgeous, sculpted foliage appears early in the season and graces the garden all season lon...

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    Wild Geranium Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum
    As low as $15.99 Sale $14.39
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Wild Geranium is our showiest native geranium, with large lavender-pink blooms. Its' gorgeous, sculpted foliage appears early in the season and graces the garden all season long, with an attractive mounding habit that makes an ideal groundcover. This woodland wildflower blooms for several weeks early to mid-spring, supporting pollinators – especially native bees. Wild Geranium is perfect for naturalizing in shady gardens. (Geranium maculatum)
  3. Native Shade Plant Collection

    Transform the shaded section of your yard into a beautiful and resilient garden with our Native Shade Plant Collection. These plants have eye-catching forms, flower power, and layers...

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    Native Shade Plant Collection Native Shade Plant Collection
    $77.32 Sale $67.99
    Per Collection of 12
    Transform the shaded section of your yard into a beautiful and resilient garden with our Native Shade Plant Collection. These plants have eye-catching forms, flower power, and layers of lush texture. A cool blue and white color palette blooms from spring through fall, enhanced by glossy green foliage. Admire your garden and the many happy pollinators that will visit. Collection of 12 plants.
  4. Violet Sweet White, Viola blanda Sweet White

    Sweet White Violets are perennial wildflowers native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the wild, they spread to form large carpets on the forest floor, with white flowers o...

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    Sweet White Violet Violet Sweet White Viola blanda Sweet White
    $11.99 Sale $10.19
    Per Bag of 3
    Sweet White Violets are perennial wildflowers native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the wild, they spread to form large carpets on the forest floor, with white flowers on single stalks emerging in spring. Deep green heart-shaped leaves persist throughout the summer. It’s worth finding a spot for these easy-care, fragrant flowers in the shade garden. (Viola blanda)
  5. Coral Bells Palace Purple, Heuchera

    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18„ tall. Perennial Plant Association ...

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    Palace Purple Coral Bells Palace Purple Coral Bells Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple
    $13.32 Sale $12.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 1991. (Heuchera micrantha)
  6. Yellow Trillium, Trillium luteum, Wake Robin

    Yellow Trillium has stunning, rich green leaves spotted with silver. Its bright yellow blooms appear in the center of each leaf, with the petals rising upward. (Trillium luteum)...

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    Yellow Trillium Yellow Wake Robin Trillium luteum
    $11.99 Sale $10.19
    Per Bag of 3
    Yellow Trillium has stunning, rich green leaves spotted with silver. Its bright yellow blooms appear in the center of each leaf, with the petals rising upward. (Trillium luteum)
  7. Treasured Trillium Collection

    The Treasured Trillium Collection celebrates the most-beloved woodland wildflower in all the land! Featuring five different varieties of Trillium, also known as Wake Robin, in shades...

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    Treasured Trillium Collection Treasured Trillium Collection Trillium
    $63.99 Sale $49.99
    Per Collection of 15
    The Treasured Trillium Collection celebrates the most-beloved woodland wildflower in all the land! Featuring five different varieties of Trillium, also known as Wake Robin, in shades of Red, White, Yellow, Rose (also called Nodding trillium), and the unusual Painted trillium. Be sure to leave a bit of room for these beauties to spread and multiply. Plant together for a carpet of spring blooms.
  8. Blue Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens,...

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    Virginia Bluebells Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, plant Virginia Bluebells to see early spring blooms and frequent visits from pollinators. This native plant increases in size each year and will form a beautiful colony over time with almost no care from the gardener. (Mertensia virginica)
  9. 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 $13.32 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)
  10. Woodland Wildflower Collection

    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 beloved varieties of familiar flowers found throughout the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the t...

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    Woodland Wildflower Collection Woodland Wildflower Collection
    $77.32 Sale $58.99
    Per Collection of 18
    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 beloved varieties of familiar flowers found throughout the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each variety also provides rich foliage in summer and autumn as they spread and naturalize. Includes Virginia Bluebells, White Trillium, Dwarf Crested Iris, Jack in the Pulpit, Bloodroot, and Dutchman's Breeches.
  11. Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum

    Bring cheer to your summer garden with the native Celandine Poppy (also known as the Wood Poppy). Blooms are sunny-yellow with frilly centers, offset by beautiful blue-green foliage....

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    Celandine Poppy Celandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum
    $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    Bring cheer to your summer garden with the native Celandine Poppy (also known as the Wood Poppy). Blooms are sunny-yellow with frilly centers, offset by beautiful blue-green foliage. Will thrive in part to full shade, where its low-growing habit makes for an excellent groundcover. (Stylophorum diphyllum)
  12. 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...

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    Astilbe Mix False Spirea Mix Astilbe Mix
    $17.32 Sale $12.99
    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.
  13. Purple Larkspur or Wild Delphinium, Delphinium tricorne, Photo Credit - Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

    Dwarf Larkspur is a gorgeous native wildflower, with uniquely-shaped, deep-purple blooms. A shorter variety that‚s perfect for border edges or small-space gardens, Dwarf Larksp...

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    Dwarf Larkspur Dwarf Larkspur Delphinium tricorne
    $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Bag of 3
    Dwarf Larkspur is a gorgeous native wildflower, with uniquely-shaped, deep-purple blooms. A shorter variety that's perfect for border edges or small-space gardens, Dwarf Larkspur comes into bloom in early to mid spring. Although it draws in a myriad of insects, this plant has a special relationship to both hummingbirds and queen bumblebees, who serve as its only two effective pollinators. (Delphinium tricorne)
  14. 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 ...

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    Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    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)
  15. Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection

    The Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection shines year-round with radiant red, gold and burnt-orange foliage. Summer brings spikes of dainty blooms above the mounding foliage, attractin...

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    Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection
    $46.65 Sale $33.99
    Per Collection of 3
    The Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection shines year-round with radiant red, gold and burnt-orange foliage. Summer brings spikes of dainty blooms above the mounding foliage, attracting hummingbirds and other pollinators to cool shady gardens. These water-wise beauties thrive from chilly northern gardens all the way to the Deep South. Evergreen color for containers and gardens.
  16. Pink Astilbe chinensis Visions, Astilbe chinensis, Chinese Astilbe, Close Up

    More drought-tolerant than other Astilbes, ‚Visions‚ performs superbly in dry spots. Low-growing, fern-like foliage is topped by deep, magenta-pink plumes and is a perfec...

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    Visions Astilbe Visions Chinese Astilbe Astilbe chinensis Visions
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    More drought-tolerant than other Astilbes, 'Visions' performs superbly in dry spots. Low-growing, fern-like foliage is topped by deep, magenta-pink plumes and is a perfect addtion to shade and part-shade spots. While this beauty can turns heads by looks alone, you'll likely find yourself drawn to its ability to thrive in the mid-summer garden. (Astilbe chinensis)
  17. Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina, Lady Fern

    The Lady Fern is a smaller woodland fern with a distinctive look. With finely-cut, almost frilly fronds, this one is beautifully decorative and a lovely addtion to the shade garden....

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    Lady Fern Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Bag of 3
    The Lady Fern is a smaller woodland fern with a distinctive look. With finely-cut, almost frilly fronds, this one is beautifully decorative and a lovely addtion to the shade garden. Although Lady Ferns are more tolerant of dry soils than other ferns, adequate moisture is a must if planted in sunny spots. (Athyrium filix-femina)
  18. Pennsylvania Sedge Grass, Carex

    Pennsylvania Sedge provides lush texture for dry shade gardens. Fine low-growing foliage arches gently, giving the appearance of soft, rolling waves. Makes a lovely groundcover or la...

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    Pennsylvania Sedge Grass Pennsylvania Sedge Grass Carex pensylvanica
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Pennsylvania Sedge provides lush texture for dry shade gardens. Fine low-growing foliage arches gently, giving the appearance of soft, rolling waves. Makes a lovely groundcover or lawn alternative that requires little to no mowing. Mass planting will create a cool, glossy green carpet that is tough and versatile. Semi-evergreen foliage is deer resistant and low maintenance. (Carex pennsylvanica)
  19. Serene Woodland Pre-Planned Garden

    Our Serene Woodland Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect solution to beautify a yard with little sunlight. Abundant flowers appear in early spring, blooming in succession through late ...

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    Serene Woodland Pre-Planned Garden Serene Woodland Pre-Planned Garden
    $126.65 Sale $99.99
    Per Garden of 30 Plants
    Our Serene Woodland Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect solution to beautify a yard with little sunlight. Abundant flowers appear in early spring, blooming in succession through late summer. Understated woodland flowers are a great choice for planting under trees. Garden of 30 plants, with care instructions and planting map.
  20. Mophead Hydrangea All Summer Beauty, Hydrangea macrophylla All Summer Beauty

    ‚All Summer Beauty‚ Hydrangea is a compact, long-blooming mophead variety that produces big, bouncy flowers on 4 ft shrubs. Because it blooms on both new growth and old w...

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    All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea Mophead Hydrangea All Summer Beauty Hydrangea macrophylla All Summer Beauty
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    'All Summer Beauty' Hydrangea is a compact, long-blooming mophead variety that produces big, bouncy flowers on 4 ft shrubs. Because it blooms on both new growth and old wood, flowers will form throughout the season, even after a harsh winter - which can be the undoing of other hydrangeas. Known for its bright blue blooms in acid soils, expect to see shades of pink and purple where the ground is more alkaline. (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  21. Lush Hosta Collection

    The Lush Hosta Collection is your answer for bold color in shady nooks - an explosion of blue, green, and variegated foliage and gorgeous summer blooms. A perfect mixture of plant si...

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    Lush Hosta Collection Lush Hosta Collection
    $65.32 Sale $51.99
    Per Collection of 10
    The Lush Hosta Collection is your answer for bold color in shady nooks - an explosion of blue, green, and variegated foliage and gorgeous summer blooms. A perfect mixture of plant sizes, foliage textures, and shapes, this collection provides instant impact with very little maintenance. Fragrant bell-shaped purple and white blooms attract hummingbirds from mid- to late summer.
  22. 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...

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    Burgundy Glow Ajuga Burgundy Glow Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
    As low as $7.99 Sale $7.19
    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)
  23. Astilbe arendsii Europa, False Spirea

    The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ Astilbe add an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-l...

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    Europa Astilbe Japanese Astilbe Europa Astilbe arendsii Europa
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ Astilbe add an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-loving perennial will dry in place for four-season interest. Great for edge-of-stream or pond gardens. Clump forming. (Astilbe japonica)
  24. Northern Exposure™ 'Amber' Coral Bells

    Northern Exposure™ ‚Amber‚ Coral Bells has incredibly colorful and vigorous foliage. This gorgeous Heuchera has a vigorous, mounded habit and large lobed leaves in seve...

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    Northern Exposure™ Amber Coral Bells Northern Exposure™ Amber Coral Bells Heuchera Northern Exposure™ Amber
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Northern Exposure™ 'Amber' Coral Bells has incredibly colorful and vigorous foliage. This gorgeous Heuchera has a vigorous, mounded habit and large lobed leaves in several shades of burnt-orange. Great for dappled to part-shade gardens, or sunny gardens with protection from afternoon sun. Tiny, yellow bell flowers are held above the foliage in spring. Rust resistant. (Heuchera)
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