Beth’s Top 10 Shade Perennials
1 – Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ (Monkshood)
Beautiful bright blue fall flowering perennial. Loves moist soil. Makes a great cut flower. Cautionary warning: this plant is toxic to humans and pets.
2 – Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’ (Windflower)
Soft pink single, cup-shaped flowers on tall stems that float above deep green foliage. Blooms late summer to fall. Attracts butterflies.
3 – Aruncus dioicus (Goats Beard)
Excellent background plant for shady and moist areas. Attractive feathery plumes of creamy white flowers that rise above dark, green foliage. Blooms early to mid-summer. Loved by bees and butterflies.
4 – Astilbe ‘August Light’ (False Spirea)
Blooms later than most Astilbe (mid to late summer). Beautiful dense, scarlet red plumes.
5 – Bergenia cordifolia ‘Winter Glow’ (Pigsqueak)
Leathery waxed leaves that take on a red cast in the fall. Dark rose-pink flowers are held on stems from March through May.
Does not like wet feet. Very easy to grow.
6 – Chelone lyonia ‘Hot Lips’ (Turtlehead)
Upright perennial with pink snapdragon-like flowers that resemble the heads of open-mouth turtles. Blooms late summer to early fall. Excellent plant for rain gardens.
7 – Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Japanese Forest Grass)
A Japanese Forest grass that has bright golden foliage that gleams in the shade. Grows to around 14 inches. Beautiful accent for woodland gardens.
8 – Heuchera Northern Exposure Series (Coral Bells)
If you love coral bells, you’ll love this new line of heuchera sold by Sargents. This collection features an exceptional range of rich-colored foliage and great hardiness. Choose from various colors: amber, lime, red, sienna and silver.
9 – Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’ (Leopard Plant)
Known for its large leaved foliage and yellow/orange daisy like flowers. The flowers develop on tall stalks that reach above the foliage. Prefers well drained moist soil. Blooms mid-summer to early fall.
10 – Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ or ‘Trevi Fountain’ (Lungwort)
Otherwise known as Lungwort, this shade loving perennial has attractive pink (Raspberry Splash) or cobalt-blue (Trevi Fountain). Early spring blooms. The silver-spotted leaves offer continuous beauty throughout the growing season. Pulmonaria makes a lovely edging for a shady border.