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  1. 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
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    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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  2. 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
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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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  3. 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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  4. 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
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    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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  5. 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
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    '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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  6. 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
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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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  7. Woodland Phlox Blue Moon

    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in Apr...

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    Blue Moon Woodland Phlox Woodland Phlox Blue Moon, Wild Sweet William Phlox divaricata Blue Moon
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    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in April May. Its a perfect addition to a rock garden or any shady spot where it can slowly naturalize. Provides early season pollen for hummingbirds and butterflies. (Phlox divaricata)
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  8. Blue Cardinal Flower with two monarch butterflies, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
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    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
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  9. 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
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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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  10. 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
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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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  11. 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
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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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  12. Marginal Woodfern, Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern

    Marginal Woodfern is a handsome evergreen fern with rich, blue-green color. Tolerant of many soils, including those that are poor, rocky, and dry, this long-lasting fern creates an e...

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    Marginal Woodfern Marginal Woodfern Dryopteris marginalis
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    Marginal Woodfern is a handsome evergreen fern with rich, blue-green color. Tolerant of many soils, including those that are poor, rocky, and dry, this long-lasting fern creates an excellent groundcover when allowed to spread and multiply. Makes an elegant display. (Dryopteris marginalis)
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  13. Maidenhair Fern

    Airy, lacy, and graceful, the native Maidenhair Fern is known for its grassy green foliage and jet-black stems. Delicate fronds form in a circular pattern on tough, cold hardy plants...

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    Northern Maidenhair Fern Northern Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum
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    Airy, lacy, and graceful, the native Maidenhair Fern is known for its grassy green foliage and jet-black stems. Delicate fronds form in a circular pattern on tough, cold hardy plants. Choose a shady locale for this woodland beauty, or be sure to give extra water when siting in sunnier spots. Naturalizes with ease in moist soils. (Adiantum pedatum)
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  14. Yellow 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
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    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 full sun to partial shade, where its low-growing habit makes for an excellent groundcover. (Stylophorum diphyllum)
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  15. 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
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    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)
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  16. 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
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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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  17. Trout Lily or Dogtooth Violet, Erythronium americanum

    Trout Lily is the herald of spring in eastern woodlands, but this native wildflower also makes a gorgeous addition to any shade garden in zones 3-8. The plant’s name comes from its...

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    Trout Lily Trout Lily, Dogtooth Violet Erythronium americanum
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    Trout Lily is the herald of spring in eastern woodlands, but this native wildflower also makes a gorgeous addition to any shade garden in zones 3-8. The plant’s name comes from its speckled green leaves (that resemble trout), and its nodding yellow flowers that look like miniature lilies. Plants can take up to four years to flower after planting, but the foliage is attractive enough that it’s worth the wait. (Erythronium)
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  18. Hosta Elegans, Hosta sieboldiana, Plantain Lily

    'Elegans' Hosta is famed for its huge, heart-shaped blue leaves with heavy ribbing. A gorgeous addition to the shade garden that provides plenty of texture and a solid backdrop of de...

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    Elegans Hosta Plantain Lily Elegans Hosta sieboldiana Elegans
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    'Elegans' Hosta is famed for its huge, heart-shaped blue leaves with heavy ribbing. A gorgeous addition to the shade garden that provides plenty of texture and a solid backdrop of deep color for brighter blooms to play off of, 'Elegans' sends up delicate white flowers in early spring. Prized for its ability to tolerate dry shade. (Hosta sieboldiana)

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  19. Hosta Halcyon, Hosta, Plantain Lily

    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
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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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  20. Wild Ginger, Asarum canadense, Wild Ginger

    Wild Ginger’s large, heart-shaped leaves create a solid, low-growing carpet of dark green beauty on the forest floor. The flowers are curious, nodding under the leaves with three d...

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    Wild Ginger Wild Ginger Asarum canadense
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    Wild Ginger’s large, heart-shaped leaves create a solid, low-growing carpet of dark green beauty on the forest floor. The flowers are curious, nodding under the leaves with three deep red triangular petals. Happiest in full to part shade, use this woodland native to suppress weeds and prevent soil erosion. Not related to the culinary spice. (Asarum canadense)
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  21. Hosta Aureomarginata, Plaintain Lily, Hosta

    'Aureomarginata' Hosta has gorgeous, gold-trimmed foliage that's offset by elegant, lavender blooms in late summer. Excellent in containers and border plantings, 'Aureomarginata' ope...

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    Aureomarginata Hosta Plantain Lily Aureomarginata Hosta fortunei Aureomarginata
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    'Aureomarginata' Hosta has gorgeous, gold-trimmed foliage that's offset by elegant, lavender blooms in late summer. Excellent in containers and border plantings, 'Aureomarginata' opens into a vase-like shape, allowing its wavy, heart-shaped leaves to arch downwards. Very showy, this hosta is perfect for any shady or partially shady spot in the garden. (Hosta fortunei)
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  22. Green Dragon, Arisaema dracontium

    Bring a tropical look to your garden with native, deer-resistant Green Dragon! This tall cousin of Jack-in-the-Pulpit sports an unusual leaf and even more unusual flower spathe with ...

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    Green Dragon Green Dragon Arisaema dracontium
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    Bring a tropical look to your garden with native, deer-resistant Green Dragon! This tall cousin of Jack-in-the-Pulpit sports an unusual leaf and even more unusual flower spathe with a long, fascinating spadix. In summer, a club-like formation of bright red seeds forms along the spathe, bringing a bright spark of color to moist woodland gardens. (Arisaema dracontium)
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  23. 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
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    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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  24. Hosta Royal Standard, Plantain Lily

    'Royal Standard' Hosta produces heavily-ribbed, light-green leaves that form an attractive mound. Fragrant white flowers shoot up tall and proud, attracting many pollinators. A perfe...

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    Royal Standard Hosta Plantain Lily Royal Standard Hosta Royal Standard
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    'Royal Standard' Hosta produces heavily-ribbed, light-green leaves that form an attractive mound. Fragrant white flowers shoot up tall and proud, attracting many pollinators. A perfect backdrop plant to fill in the shade garden. (Hosta)
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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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