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Perennials for the Shade

Looking for some excellent perennials that thrive in the shade?

 

Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’)

 

Browse our list below.

Click on a Botanical Name for more details on each Heritage Perennial.

Plant

Features

Hardy
to Zone

Bloom
Time

Drought
Tolerant

Aegopodium p. ‘Variegatum’ (Bishop’s Weed) Dense carpet of green and white foliage

2

summer

yes

Ajuga varieties (Carpet Bugles) Low carpet of leaves, blue flower spikes

2

spring

moderate

Asarum europeaum (European Wild Ginger) Polished, emerald-green leaves

2

spring

no

Astilbe x arendsii varieties Fluffy flower plumes, ferny leaves

2

summer

no

Astilbe chinensis varieties Fluffy flower plumes, ferny leaves

2

fall

no

Campanula carpatica (Carpathian Bellflower) Large blue saucer flowers, low mounds

2

summer

moderate

Carex morrowi ‘Augeo-Variegata’ Mounds of evergreen, yellow-striped lvs

5

spring

moderate

Chrysogonum virginianum (Goldenstar) Long blooming starry yellow flowers

4

summer

yes

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley) White, scented flowers, carpeting

2

spring

yes

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts) Arches of heart-shaped flowers

2

spring

no

Dicentra x ‘Luxurient(Bleeding Hearts) Low ferny carpet, cherry red flowers

2

summer

moderate

Digitalis (Foxgloves) Tall spikes of spotted flowers

2

spring

moderate

Doronicum cordatum (Leopard’s Bane) Clean,yellow daisy flowers

2

spring

moderate

Epimedium X rubrum Red-veined/margined leaves, red flowers

4

spring

yes

Hardy Ferns of all sorts A great diversity of leaf colour and height

various

n/a

moderate

Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) Carpets of cartwheel leaves, white flowers

4

spring

no

Helleborus orientalis (Hellebore) Large, nodding flowers in early spring

3

spring

moderate

Hosta ‘August Moon’ Crisp mound of bright yellow leaves

2

summer

yes

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ Huge blue leaves edged in yellow

2

summer

yes

Hosta undulata ‘Variegata Clumps of wavy green and white leaves

2

summer

yes

Lamiastrum ‘Herman’s Pride’ Creeping carpet of silver-veined leaves

2

spring

moderate

Lamium maculatum varieties Carpets of white or white striped leaves

2

spring

moderate

Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’ Tall purple-leaved clump, orange flowers

3

summer

no

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ Creeping mat of bright yellow leaves

2

spring

moderate

Mentha requienii (Corsican mint) Strongly scented flat green mat. Self-seeds

7

summer

no

Myosotis varieties (Forget-Me-Nots) Mists of small blue, yellow-eyed flowers

3

spring

no

Primula X ‘Wanda’ Low mats smothered in magenta flowers

2

spring

no

Pulmonaria varieties Mounds of silvery leaves, blue flowers

2

spring

moderate