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Shade Perennials

Shade Perennials

If you garden in the dappled light of the forest understory, or on the north or east side of a building then you need shade loving perennials for your garden.


More Information About Shade Perennials

Hey! Who turned down the sun? - Shade garden plants including Hosta, Ferns and more. Shade plants and flowers for all gardens!

If you garden in the dappled light of the forest understory, or on the north or east side of a building then you need shade loving perennials for your garden. At Plant Delights Nursery, we have a huge selection of shade tolerant flowers and we have sifted through our massive online catalog of plants to create this mini-catalog of the best shade loving flowers for your woodland garden.

In shaded woodland gardens, light colored flowers on shade loving plants stand out really well. We recommend white-flowered shade perennials like Aruncus, Chloranthus, Helleborus, Cimicifuga, Iris, pale colored shade loving flowers like yellow Epimedium or Disporum and pink shade perennials like Begonia and Cypripedium.

Light colored leaves also work well as shade garden plants, especially when they can stand out against surrounding dark green foliage. We recommend woodland shade perennials with silver foliage like Zingiber, Alpinia, Trillium, Brunnera, Asarum, Cyclamen, Carex, Polemonium, Ophiopogon and Pulmonaria or shade tolerant plants with yellow foliage like Hosta, Aralia, Farfugium, Aspidistra, Tricyrtis, Liriope, Dicentra, Carex and Vinca.

When gardening with plants for shade, don't forget about texture either. Shade tolerant ferns like Onychium, Dryopteris and Athyrium offer a very fine texture to balance with the coarse texture of shade tolerant perennials like Hosta, Farfugium and Helleborus. When you are ready to buy shade perennials for your woodland garden, check out our online list of full shade loving perennials for sale.

Narrow down your list of shade tolerant plants by special water needs: Dry Shade, Wet Shade

Check out our article entitled 'Gardening in the Shade' that describes many cool shade plants and flowers and our short articles: Create a Woodland Garden with Flowers for Shade, Full shade flowers.