Best Perennials for Shade

Shade spots in our yard can seem like a challenge to design and landscape. This is a common concern from many homeowners as most think nothing attractive grows in the shade. However, this is a myth! There are so many options when it comes to shade gardens. Continue reading to learn our recommendations for the best perennials for shade.


Hostas are a classic perennial shade plant that you can find in almost all shady spots. Available in thousands of varieties, colors, and sizes, hostas, or plantain lilies, can make up a garden all by themselves. When creating a garden with hostas, layer them based on mature height. This will create a layered look.


Heuchera, or Coral Bells, is another leafy foliage shade perennial that can make an impact in any shade garden. Another perennial available in multiple colors, heuchera, works well in both containers and gardens. Coral Bells can be grown in full shade to part shade. Be sure to plant heuchera in well-draining soil, as they do not like to sit in water.


Unlike the previous two perennials, astilbe is a shade perennial known for its blooms. Usually, shade perennials are only known for striking foliage; however, the astilbe breaks that stereotype. Also known as False Goat’s Beard, this shade-loving perennial sends up feathery plumes that add color and texture to your landscape. This shade perennial blooms in late spring and is considered deer resistant.

Lenten Rose

The Lenten Rose, or Helleborus, is a beautiful winter and early spring blooming shade perennial. Contrary to its name, it is not a rose at all but rather a member of the buttercup family. The Lenten Rose is available in shades of white, pink, and purple.


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