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5 Shade Loving Perennial Flowers

Updated on July 9, 2016
Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart Flowers
Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart Flowers

Use shade loving perennial flowers to dress up the baron areas of your garden that lack sunlight. Below are my top 5 picks for perennial flowers that will brighten up the shady areas of your garden year after year.

Shady Places Hosta Mix

As the name suggests, these fast growing showy flowers love the shade. Beautifully defined leaves will sit below bell-like flowers which will bloom all summer long. This special mix is perfect for highlighting the base of a tree or to mask unsightly north-facing foundations. This mix is easy to grow, and will add color to the problem spots in your garden.

Concord Grape Spiderwort

These wonderful shade loving purple flowers will provide 3 seasons of color and beauty to your garden! These plants are really easy to grow, and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. You'll have these pretty 3-petaled flowers growing on top of 2 ft. plants from late spring through the fall. A remarkable plant for extending the life and color of your garden.

Primrose Mix

These breath-taking shade-loving perennial flowers have magnificent blooms of colorful petals surrounding bright gold cores. This hand-picked mix prefers full shade, but will be happy in partial shade as well. These uniquely attractive flowers will make for a defining border or an interesting container garden. Blooms appear in mid spring, and will provide your garden with just about every color of the rainbow.

Mardi Gras Apricot Helleborus

Let these early risers jump start your garden year after year! Perhaps more informative than Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, you'll know that spring is around the corner when the sweet apricot flowers appear on these early bloomers. Love of shade, early blooms, and ease of growth have made this perennial a flower gardener's favorite.

Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart

A true sight to see! These unique heart-shaped flowers cling to long stems. These lovely flowers will bloom during the late spring when planted in full to partial shade, and will exceed your expectations!

Quick tips for successful shady gardening

  • Water adequately. Many times the factors that create shady areas in your garden (such as canopies of trees and eaves of houses) will act as an umbrella in keeping rainfall from giving your precious plants below a nice watering. A soaker hose, sprinkler or irrigation system set up to provide adequate irrigation to all of the plants in your shady garden is recommended.
  • Maintain organically rich soil. The roots of large trees and shrubs will compete with your smaller plants for available nutrients. Working some organically rich material either from your compost pile or store bought packages will ensure enough necessary nutrients for all of your trees, shrubs and plants to thrive.
  • Mulch properly. Organic mulch will release nutrients slowly over time and improve the composition of the soil in your garden. Use at least a 3" layer to maximize weed prevention and water conservation. Pull the mulch back slightly from the bases of all trees, shrubs and plants to prevent the trunks and stems from rotting.


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    • Harlan Colt profile image

      Harlan Colt 7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Nice info! I will use it.

      - Harlan