The Q&A Archives: Perennial Shade Garden Plants

Question: What perennial plants can be successfully grown in the shade? I have two large maple trees that shade everything. Impatients didn't even do well last year!

Answer: Impatiens never grow well under my Silver Maple so I sympathize! There are quite a few shade perennials for you to choose from, here are a few: flowering perennials: Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle), Astilbe (Meadowsweet), Anemone, Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Campanula (Bellflower), Chrysogonum (Goldenstar), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Cimicfuga (Bugbane), Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie), Helleborus (Christmas Rose), Hemerocallis (Day Lily), Heuchera (Coralbells), Siberian Iris, Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells), Polygonatum (Great Solomon's Seal), Primula (Primrose), Trillium Grandiflorum (Wakerobin), Lysimachia (Gooseneck Loosestrife), and Pulmonaria (Lungwort). You can also try many, many varieties of Hosta. Groundcovers suchas Ajuga, Pachysandra, and European Ginger would also be suitable. Let us know if you need sources for anything. These plants are all pretty readily available. <br>

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