Perennials for Shade
A shady yard is often viewed negatively, with many gardeners asking, "well what can I grow?" It has unique challenges, but shade is cool, inviting, and provides a retreat in the heat of summer. The air temperature under a large tree can be nearly 30 degrees cooler than air above pavement!
There are many perennials that thrive in shade or partial shade, but the overall appeal is different. Shade-loving plants are usually grown for interesting texture, foliage and cool, pastel colors.
Not all shade is created equal. Watch the light patterns in your yard throughout the year, and remember that spring-blooming bulbs are a great option for areas that will become shady as trees leaf out.
Our nursery experts would love to help you find the right perennials. Take some time to watch the sunlight and observe your area, then come talk to us.
Dappled/Light Shade - Found under deciduous trees, on and off throughout the day and on east and west sides of a building. Most perennials marked for full sun/part shade will grow here, but their growth habit and blooms may differ from the picture on the tag.
Open/Medium Shade - From buildings and trees, under decks and stairwells. There is good light, but no direct sunlight. North sides usually receive medium shade. Use plants marked part shade/full shade.
Dense Shade - Under large evergreens, where tall walls and fences block all but narrow strips of light. Soil may be dry and acidic, so you'll want to amend the soil heavily before planting. Consider another option: trim low branches and make a cool, shaded sitting area.
A Few Of Our Favorite Shady Perennials: