It’s not always easy to find the perfect perennials for shade.
Most perennials like at least a little sun. However the following top choices will thrive in a sheltered shady spot.
- Hostas come in a variety of shapes and sizes and in a variety of colors too. There are those with variegated foliage and those with solid green in a variety of shades, as well as the ‘blue’ hostas. Whether you have a small space or a large space, Hostas are the #1 choice for shade. Ranging in size from 6″ to 6′ you will definitely be able to find one (or a variety) that will be perfect in your garden. These shade garden staples mostly flower in spring and summer and some even have a fragrance. Best of all, they multiply so you can, after a few seasons, divide them and plant them in other shady spots as well! These plants die back in Winter but come Spring they’ll pop up again!
- Geraniums – we’re not talking about the so called geraniums you associate with Swiss Chalets, but rather the original Geraniums which spread and have a gorgeous blue or pink flower. They grow in mounds and are very easy going requiring little or no maintenance. They do die back in Winter but come Spring they’ll spring to life again and will flower from late Spring right through the Summer.
- Ajuga is a tough little ground cover that has dark green or even purple foliage and striking blue flowers in the spring.It’s pretty hardy and doesn’t really die off in winter.
- Bleeding Heart is another very showy and very easy perennal. Their gorgeous multilayered pink and white heart shaped flowers are a delight in Spring and early Summer. Some varieties have green foliage and others have a golden tint. These gorgeous plants die off early – mostly around June, but they will pop back up in the Spring.
- Hellebores pop up early in the Spring. They have unusual flowers that look almost as if they’re hand made from tinted silk in understated pinks, mauves and tinges of green. These lovely plants are also known as ‘Christmas Rose’. They will begin fading by mid Summer.
While these are the most popular and well known of shade plants, there are many more, both flowering and non-flowering. Shade gardens can be an oasis of tranquility and cool in the heat of summer. Come in and chat with our talented horticulturalists to find out what varieties will work best for your particular garden and preferences.