Shady Spot Perennials

'Royal Wedding' Hosta
'Royal Wedding' Hosta
'Mega Caramel' Heuchera
'Mega Caramel' Heuchera
'King of Hearts' Dicentra
'King of Hearts' Dicentra

Add Ambiance to the Garden with Shady Spot Perennials!

If you’re looking for a shady perennial, look no further than the Hosta. This extremely popular plant gives your shady spots a cool, deep green color that contrasts excellently with any bright green plant you may place in a nearby sunny spot. You can also find hostas that are close to blue or yellow in color. The variations make more countless design options you may want to consider to make your shady spots one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in your garden. Try mixing darker colored hostas with lighter flowers for the perfect look.

Heucheras liven up even the shadiest shady spots in your garden. The “Electric Lime” has huge maple-like leaves that really pop against a darker background. These leafy plants come in a variety of colors, including red. All variants enjoy shady areas, but the darker colored heuchera can tolerate partial or even full sunlight. Still, they’re shady plants by nature. Heuchera’s are native to cliffs and slopes, so planting them in well-draining soil is a must.  If you want to grow heuchera button’t have the proper soil, you can amend the soil by adding compost, rotted manure, chopped leaves or other organic material. Overwatering your heucheras is a sure-fire way to cause wilting. Feel the soil for moisture before you water, because these plants don’t like sitting in water. Fertilizer is advised, but make sure it is slow release or half-strength. Heuchera aren’t heavy feeders, so be careful not to overfeed.

Adding color to shady spots catches the eye and draws attention to a usually neglected space on your yard. The Astilbe is the perfect flower to do just that. It’s a fancy flower that sits atop fern-like foliage. The flowers are small and clustered, and you can buy variants at different heights. At most, astilbe will grow up to five feet and the shortest they can be is six inches. If you’re looking for some combinations to try with astilbe, we recommend hostas. The two create a nice contrast together. The defining trait that makes caring for astilbe unique is the way you water them. Instead of watering every other day, water heavily once a week. It’s also recommended that you fertilize and mulch throughout the year.

The Bleeding Heart Dicentra is one of the most unique flowers in our garden center. It’s appearance makes it instantly recognizable. Pink heart shaped blooms that “drip” white and yellow hang from an arch shaped stem, creating a beautiful spring display. The Bleeding Heart is easily our most showy shade-loving flower. When caring for it, make sure you keep the soil consistently moist. These flowers need to retain water, so planting them in organic mulch (which retains moisture well) will give you a leg up. We strongly suggest adding time-release plant food as well as additional compost in the spring, as it adds significant length to the flower’s bloom cycle. For such an elegant looking flower, the Bleeding Heart really doesn’t require any special attention.

These are just a few of our best shady spot perennials! Be sure to check out our entire selection to find what works best for your garden's specific needs.

'Twilight' Hosta
'Twilight' Hosta
'Fire Alarm' Heuchera
'Fire Alarm' Heuchera
'Fanal' Red Astilbe
'Fanal' Red Astilbe
'Bleeding Heart' Dicentra
'Bleeding Heart' Dicentra