One of the most important factors to consider in gardening is light: the quantity, the quality and the duration. Having done your homework along with some keen observation, you will have a plethora of knowledge when it comes to planting flowers for shady areas in your garden. If your garden only gets morning sun or sun after 3 or 4 pm, then it is generally considered a light shaded area and you will need to plant partial shade perennials.
Here at Plant Delights Nursery, we have just the plants for you! We offer a generous selection of Hostas which will make your garden stand out from your neighbor's. These plants require just a few hours of sun each day and have varying colors of foliage from cream to blue to gold and green. Some even have wonderfully fragrant flowers.
Another partial shade perennials you should consider is the Hellebore or Lenten Rose. While most plants are asleep in the winter garden, the hellebore is busy blooming. If you are in need of flowers for shady areas, our knowledgeable staff can help you. Come and visit us at one at our Open Nursery and Garden events. Dates and times are posted on our website.
Other partial shade perennials are Heuchera 'Coral Bells', Ferns and Irises. We even have some Colocasias (Elephant Ears) that prefer a shady area. Epimedium (Fairy Wings) are some of the top flowers for shady areas.
Keep in mind that not all shade plants require the same growing conditions. Besides the issue of light, there is the soil pH and moisture to be considered. Your local county cooperative extension office can assist you in performing a complete soil chemistry test. If you are growing your partial shade perennials under trees, please understand that your flowers for shady areas are competing for water and nutrients along with tree roots and you will need to adjust accordingly. You can find the perennials you are looking for at Plant Delights Nursery. We'd love to see you!