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Shade Perennials Set the Mood: Best Perennials to Plant for Spring

Updated on March 23, 2016
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Primula veris ‘Sunset Shades’
Primula veris ‘Sunset Shades’ | Source

Spring is here! It’s time to get out in the garden, and cultivate a beautiful oasis of nature. We are simply catalysts for these breath-making gifts of the Earth. Knowledge has to power the path of planting, and we’re here to help.

Before the perfect garden can have a chance to grow, its seeds must be properly planted in the most suitable area of land. Depending on what type of seed is being planted, the soil and sun exposure of the area have to be just right for maximum growth and bloom.

Shade Perennials love the darker areas of the land. They thrive with less sunlight and more of a moist environment. Take a look at some of the most popular shade perennials being planted this Spring.

A colorful array of Lenten Roses
A colorful array of Lenten Roses | Source

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)

These flowers enjoy a moist, yet well-drained soil and little direct sunlight. They’re perfect for defining any specific area of the garden that may be a blooming accent. Though it may have been said that the Lenten rose is hard to grow in the Southern U.S., this is no more than a myth.

The color of the Lenten bloom depends on the genetics of the parent plants. Sometimes they come out black and purple, red and purple, or white and pink. There is a wide variety of color expression from this perennial flower.

Display of perfection from the Toad Lily
Display of perfection from the Toad Lily | Source

Toad Lily (Tricytis)

These flowers produce a very curious looking bloom. Adorned with the common shape of a lily, Toad lilies also come equipped with spotted petals. Their color adds a vibrant contrast to the dark, shaded areas of the garden.

Toad lilies do their best in the moisture-rich soil, and can be used as a border plant for some of the most hidden areas of the garden. They work well among shrubs. Sometimes, they will seed in the soil by themselves, but Toad lilies aren’t known for their aggressive reproduction skills.

Bugleweed (Ajuga)

Bugleweed is a carpeting ground crawler. They grow rapidly, so use caution when choosing placement for this plant. It has been known to take over the job of the occasional lawn. If that’s not really in the plans, then make sure to plant Bugleweed accordingly.

Bugleweed | Source

Some breeds grow purple leaves and are more tolerant to colder temperatures than other versions of this evergreen. They’re also great for warding off pesky deer that enjoy feasting on the garden grower’s labor of love.

Profile of a Columbine flower
Profile of a Columbine flower | Source

Columbine (Aquilegia)

This perennial plant is low-maintenance and easy for a novice gardener to successfully manage. In the Spring of each year, this plant will bloom several different colors, depending on its breed. They’re known for their thick and full-color schemes.

In the Fall months of each year, the leaves of the Columbine plant will change colors. Maroon leaves against earthy greens and browns makes this plant an aesthetic champion. They’re also quite attractive to hummingbirds, as their flowers bloom in a bell-shaped that’s perfect for the long pointy nose of these flying friends.


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