The Q&A Archives: shade

Question: Need perennials for shade. I live in Modesto,CA

Answer: Here are several suggestions for shade loving perennials: Aegopodium p. 'Variegatum' (Bishop's Weed) Provides a dense carpet of green and white foliage; Ajuga varieties (Carpet Bugles) creates a low carpet of leaves, blue flower spikes in spring; Asarum europeaum (European Wild Ginger) has polished, emerald-green leaves; Astilbe x arendsii Fluffy flower plumes, ferny leaves;
Campanula carpatica (Carpathian Bellflower) Large blue saucer flowers, low mounds of foliage; Carex morrowi 'Augeo-Variegata' Mounds of evergreen, yellow-striped leaves; Chrysogonum virginianum (Goldenstar) Long blooming with starry yellow flowers; Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley) White, scented flowers, great as a carpeting groundcover; Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts) Arches of heart-shaped flowers; Digitalis (Foxgloves) provides tall spikes of spotted flowers in the spring; Doronicum cordatum (Leopard's Bane) Clean, yellow daisy flowers;
Epimedium X rubrum Red-veined/margined leaves, red flowers; Hardy Ferns of all sorts A great diversity of leaf colour and height; Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) Carpets of cartwheel leaves, white flowers; Helleborus orientalis (Hellebore) Large, nodding flowers in early spring; Hosta 'August Moon' Crisp mound of bright yellow leaves; Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams' Huge blue leaves edged in yellow; Hosta undulata 'Variegata' Clumps of wavy green and white leaves; Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride' Creeping carpet of silver-veined leaves; Lamium maculatum Carpets of white or white striped leaves; Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' Tall purple-leaved clump, orange flowers; Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' Creeping mat of bright yellow leaves; Mentha requienii (Corsican mint) Strongly scented flat green mat. Self-seeds; Myosotis varieties (Forget-Me-Nots) Mists of small blue, yellow-eyed flowers; Primula X 'Wanda' Low mats smothered in magenta flowers.

Hope you have a colorful shade garden this summer!

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