You might also know these as Heuchera (or even the related Tiarella or the hybrid Heucherella), but by any name they’re some of the best plants on the planet for shade. Although they’re grown primarily for their foliage – which comes in shades of purple, peach, red, bronze, lime green and more – the flowers on many varieties are quite nice as well.
When these shade lovers are in full bloom atop a layer of snow, you can’t help but be impressed. Easy to grow and carefree, “Lenten Rose” as it’s commonly called is a must have in any shade garden.
No list of perennials for shade would be complete without hosta, and the number of choices is staggering, from tiny to huge, solid green to variegated, smooth-leaved to crinkled, and pretty much everything in between.
These have been around for decades, and new varieties are showing up pretty much every year, largely because savvy shade gardeners know just how beautiful and easy to grow they are. Plus, they give you both color and height, a combination that’s not easy to come by in the shade.
Although he was hesitant to add this one his list because supplies are erratic at best, this is nevertheless a magnificent plant for shade. They spread slowly (which is a plus) and bloom from late summer in to fall. The flowers – available in several colors – dance along tall, arching stems. Call ahead to find out if they’re in stock.
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