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. Lamium Orchid Frost, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle PP#11122 Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost PP#11122
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)
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  2. Shade Loving Garden - Large

    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 Ligulari...

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    Shade Loving Pre-Planned Garden - Large Shade Loving Pre-Planned Garden - Large
    $273.98 Sale $136.99
    Per Garden of 25 Plants
    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.
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  3. 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, pla...

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    Virginia Bluebells Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
    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)
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  4. 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 $8.99
    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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  5. Curb Appeal Shady Lane Collection

    Our Curb Appeal Shady Lane Plant Collection features easy-to-grow shade plants with attractive foliage and showy flowers for shade. Ostrich Fern, Sedge Grass, Lamium, Hosta, and ...

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    Curb Appeal Shady Lane Plant Collection Curb Appeal Shady Lane Plant Collection
    $150.98 Sale $75.49
    Per Collection of 11
    Our Curb Appeal Shady Lane Plant Collection features easy-to-grow shade plants with attractive foliage and showy flowers for shade. Ostrich Fern, Sedge Grass, Lamium, Hosta, and Astilbe are popular for enhancing outdoor spaces in low-maintenance shade gardens or containers. A subtle palette of airy green and white foliage complements soft pink and purple blooms for an easy, elegant garden. Collection of 11 plants.
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  6. Pink Bleeding Heart, Dicentra

    Old Fashioned Pink Bleeding Heart is a popular shade perennial with arching stems of lovely, heart-shaped flowers that bloom each spring. Deeply-cut, blue green foliage remains fresh...

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    Pink Bleeding Heart Pink Common Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis Pink
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Bag of 1
    Old Fashioned Pink Bleeding Heart is a popular shade perennial with arching stems of lovely, heart-shaped flowers that bloom each spring. Deeply-cut, blue green foliage remains fresh and healthy throughout the summer, helping to fill out the garden bed and provide a graceful backdrop for summer blooms. A timeless classic, this plant inspires nostalgia whenever it's noticed! Deer resistant. (Dicentra spectabilis)
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  7. Ajuga 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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  8. Purple Lamium Purple Dragon, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatu...

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    Purple Dragon Lamium Purple Dragon Dead Nettle PP#15890 Lamium maculatum Purple Dragon PP#15890
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
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    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatum)
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  9. Woodland Wildflower Collection

    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 varieties of beloved plants found in the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each v...

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    Woodland Wildflower Collection Woodland Wildflower Collection
    $113.98 Sale $56.99
    Per Collection of 18
    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 varieties of beloved plants found in the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each variety will provide rich foliage in summer and autumn as they spread and naturalize. Includes Virginia Bluebells, Snowy White Trillium, Dwarf Crested Iris, Jack in the Pulpit, Bloodroot, and Dutchman's Breeches.
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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 $4.99
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    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. Yellow Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket, Golden Ray

    A great choice for moist, shady gardens, this big plant forms a large canopy of leaves and sends up bright yellow flower spikes in the middle of summer. A hummingbird favorite. (Ligu...

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    The Rocket Golden Ray The Rocket Golden Ray Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    A great choice for moist, shady gardens, this big plant forms a large canopy of leaves and sends up bright yellow flower spikes in the middle of summer. A hummingbird favorite. (Ligularia stenocephala)
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  12. 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 $9.49
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    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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  13. Hosta Patriot, Hosta, Plantain Lily

    'Patriot' Hosta is a long-time favorite, noted for the dramatic color contrast it lends to the landscape. Deep green leaves are flanked by broad, white margins throughout the season ...

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    Patriot Hosta Plantain Lily Patriot Hosta Patriot
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    'Patriot' Hosta is a long-time favorite, noted for the dramatic color contrast it lends to the landscape. Deep green leaves are flanked by broad, white margins throughout the season and lavender flowers shoot up from tall scapes in late summer. Incredibly easy to care for, this is a tough, forgiving plant that really brightens the shade garden. (Hosta)
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  14. Shade Loving Garden Small Hero Image

    Plant a cool, colorful oasis with a Shade Garden! These perennial plants establish themselves beautifully in spots with less sun, so you can spend more time enjoying unique blooms an...

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    Shade Loving Pre-Planned Garden - Small Shade Loving Pre-Planned Garden - Small
    $182.98 Sale $91.49
    Per Garden of 17 Plants
    Plant a cool, colorful oasis with a Shade Garden! These perennial plants establish themselves beautifully in spots with less sun, so you can spend more time enjoying unique blooms and striking foliage out of the exhausting summer heat. Discover a world of feathery plumes, mottled foliage and treasured woodland flowers.
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  15. Blue Ajuga Black Scallop, Ajuga reptans, Bugleweed

    'Black Scallop' Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowering in late sp...

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    Black Scallop Ajuga Black Scallop Bugleweed PP#15815 Ajuga reptans Black Scallop PP#15815
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    'Black Scallop' Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowering in late spring, 'Black Scallop' is fairly forgiving when it comes to soil and sunlight, but prefers things on the moist side. A great choice for attracting pollinators early in the season. Deer resistant. PP#15815 (Ajuga reptans)
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  16. White Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot

    Bloodroot’s unique, cigar-shaped leaves slowly unfurl and open into large, water lily-like foliage. Bearing pristine white flowers with golden-yellow centers, Bloodroot illuminates...

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    Bloodroot Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    Bloodroot’s unique, cigar-shaped leaves slowly unfurl and open into large, water lily-like foliage. Bearing pristine white flowers with golden-yellow centers, Bloodroot illuminates the garden floor with breathtaking springtime beauty. Happiest with partial shade and moist soils, Bloodroot gets its name from the crimson sap that flows through its roots and stems. (Sanguinaria canadensis)
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  17. Catlin's Giant Ajuga

    '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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  18. Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata Chattahoochee, growing between stones in garden

    A must-have for shade gardens, 'Chattahoochee' Woodland Phlox blooms with fragrant, star-shaped lavender flowers with maroon centers from late spring to early summer, attracting butt...

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    Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Chattahoochee
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A must-have for shade gardens, 'Chattahoochee' Woodland Phlox blooms with fragrant, star-shaped lavender flowers with maroon centers from late spring to early summer, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. A versatile plant will spread gently, forming an attractive mid-height groundcover that fills and truly enhances a garden design. This award-winning native woodland wildflower thrives in moist, rich soils. (Phlox)
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  19. Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris

    A native star of the spring season, Dwarf Crested Iris delights gardeners with vigorous lilac blooms on low growing, deer-resistant foliage. It’s perfect for both rock or woodland ...

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    Dwarf Crested Iris Dwarf Crested Iris Iris cristata
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    A native star of the spring season, Dwarf Crested Iris delights gardeners with vigorous lilac blooms on low growing, deer-resistant foliage. It’s perfect for both rock or woodland gardens, as it can be grown in sun or shade and spreads over time. In classic beds or borders, this sweet little iris should be placed front and center for prime viewing. (Iris cristata)
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  20. Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium

    'Red Beauty' Japanese Painted Fern is a graceful color-maker in the shade garden, with silver-tinged green fronds that sport deep-burgundy stems and veins. Making its home in moist, ...

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    Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern Japanese Painted Fern Red Beauty Athyrium niponicum Red Beauty
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Red Beauty' Japanese Painted Fern is a graceful color-maker in the shade garden, with silver-tinged green fronds that sport deep-burgundy stems and veins. Making its home in moist, shady areas, 'Red Beauty' will grow vigourously if the plants are kept well watered, but is not an agressive spreader. Carries a slightly spicy fragrance. (Athyrium niponicum)
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  21. 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 $9.99
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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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  22. Hepatica acutiloba

    One of springs earliest woodland wildflowers, and always considered one of the most beautiful, native Hepatica is quite common in eastern forests. The blooms vary dramatically in col...

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    Hepatica Hepatica, Liverwort Hepatica acutiloba
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    One of springs earliest woodland wildflowers, and always considered one of the most beautiful, native Hepatica is quite common in eastern forests. The blooms vary dramatically in color, and range from white to lavender to (rarely) pink. Growing from 4 to 6" in height, lovely Hepatcia will spread and naturalize over time in most soils with dappled sunlight. (Hepatica acutiloba)
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  23. Treasured Trillium Collection

    The Treasured Trillium Collection celebrates the most-beloved woodland wildflower in all the land! Featuring five different varieties, including Snowy White, Red (Wake Robin), Yellow...

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    Treasured Trillium Collection Treasured Trillium Collection Trillium
    $95.98 Sale $47.99
    Per Collection of 15
    The Treasured Trillium Collection celebrates the most-beloved woodland wildflower in all the land! Featuring five different varieties, including Snowy White, Red (Wake Robin), 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.
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