Shady spots are sometimes considered problem areas where beautiful plants cannot grow. In reality, though, there are some wonderful plants for shade, some grown mostly for their lovely leaves, but others that have surprisingly dramatic blooms. These 12 suggested perennial plants will help transform your shaded spot from a problem area to a location you are proud of. All of these perennials can handle cold temperatures. Sometimes you get lucky and have pretty flowers and nice foliage on the same plant.
Such is You Are The One - Ren Woods - Azz Izz case for Lenten rose Helleborus orientalis. After the spring color fades, lenten rose continues to add visual appeal through intense, leathery dark-green leaves that retain their beauty throughout the summer. If you are seeking attractive leaves to go along with the interesting blooms, fringed bleeding hearts are a great choice. But D. Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum is sure to inspire you if you like plants that are a bit out of the ordinary.
But Jack-in-the-pulpit rewards those willing to forgive its lack of showy flowers with a brightly-colored bunch of red berries. Bunchberry Cornus canadensis is another native plant of North America. This is a tiny plant, essentially a wildflower. Bunchberry is ideal for dappled shade and works well in naturalized areas and along shaded walkways.
The popular cultivar, L. Like other plants with silver foliage, this ground cover can Shade - Int/r - Vanitas brighten shady areas and make them seem less gloomy. Be aware that deadnettle can spread aggressively, so plant it only in an area where you seek a true groundcover.
There are some similar perennials related to Purple Dragon deadnettle, but avoid yellow archangel. It is a lovely plant but tends to be invasive. Hosta is an obvious choice in picking the best perennials for shade, as long as you can appreciate what foliage plants bring to your landscaping. The list of hosta cultivars that can serve both as specimen plants and groundcovers for shady areas is practically endless.
Although hostas are known as shade plants, there are some exceptions. Shade - Int/r - Vanitas with golden leaves, for example, need some sunlight to achieve their splendid color. Some kinds of Ligularia have spots, thus the common name, Leopard plant. It sports big, pretty leaves with tooth-like edges, and it has the most interesting flowers. This perennial is versatile. While it is grouped with other shade perennials, it can stand some sunlight if watered enough.
Britt-Marie Crawford gives you some wiggle room in landscape design options. Generally speaking, the unique shape of columbine is what makes them so special. This perennial for shade also has nice clover-like foliage variegated in some cultivarsespecially early in the growing season. Jacob's ladder Polemonium caeruleum is another good example of a plant with a fine texture that can create contrast with other plants.
Possessed To Skate - Suicidal Tendencies - War Inside My Head name "Jacob's ladder" is a reference to the ladder-like arrangement of the foliage leaves.
The delicate texture of Jacob's ladder works well when juxtaposed against the coarser texture of hosta or ligularia. The leaves of Virginia bluebells Mertensia virginicalike those of Dutchman's breeches, disappear by midsummer when this perennial enters a period of dormancy.
Most consider this an acceptable price to pay because the flowers of this spring plant make it worthwhile. Rogers flower does bear blooms, but it is valued more for its big, pretty leaves. Like leopard plant, this one grows well in damp areas that are not completely waterlogged. It can grow fairly well in the sun if the soil is moist and rich in humus. You can choose from various cultivars, depending on the look that you want. Beginners who are new to creating shade gardens need to remember that few plants will produce impressive blooming displays in deep shade.
Most of the plants listed here will do best if they receive at least some indirect light. Even shade-loving perennials need a small amount of sunlight.
Although no spring bulbs were included in this list, shade gardeners should remember to take advantage of these earliest bloomers. Remember Time Is On My Side - Various - Keep On Running - Original Soundtrack Zum Film areas of your yard that may later be shaded by large trees may receive adequate sunlight in the early spring.
These spots offer a great opportunity to take advantage of spring bulbs to add color to your landscape. Shade - Int/r - Vanitas Rose Helleborus orientalis. Bleeding Heart Dicentra. Dutchman's breeches Dicentra cucullaria Fringed bleeding hearts Dicentra eximia. Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum. Shade - Int/r - Vanitas Cornus canadensis. Continue to 5 of 12 below. Spotted Deadnettle Lamium maculatum. Hosta Hosta. Leopard Plant Ligularia. Columbine Aquilegia. Continue to 9 of 12 below.
Jacob's Ladder Polemonium caeruleum. Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica. Rogers Flower Rodgersia. Hakone Grass Hakonechloa macra. Shade - Int/r - Vanitas Beginners who are new to creating shade gardens need to remember that few plants will produce impressive blooming displays in deep shade. Read More.
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