The Q&A Archives: Flowering plants/bushes

Question: What flowering perennials do well in the shade? I want these for my front yard. But, my backyard I have good sun, what will work well for that? I would like something that bushes out if possible. thanks !

Answer: Sometimes a shady exposure can be difficult for blooming plants, so you may need to experiment with a few varieties to find what performs in your spot. Here are some possibilities:

Perennials -- Anemone, Columbine, Astilbe, Campanula, lily-of-the-valley, Dicentra, Digitalis, Ferns, Hosta, daylilies, Liriope, Monarda, Pachysandra, Thalictrum, Vinca, navelwort (Omphalodes cappadocica), blue lungwort (Pulmonaria angustifolia), pinkroot (Spigelia marilandica), bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) and sweet violets (Viola odorata).

Annuals -- Begonia, Browallia, Coleus, annual Foxglove, Forget-me-not, Impatiens, Primrose, Torenia, Viola. Bulbs -- Begonia, Caladium, Camassia, Elephant's ears, Lilium, Narcissus, Scilla, Callas.

Rock garden
Here are a couple ideas for full shade: Polemonium reptans, primrose, Thalictrum alpinum (meadow rue), Hepatica (liverleaf). For partial shade, consider Echeveria (Hens & Chicks, there are many varieties), Sedum (many varieties), columbine, Veronica saturejoides.

Moist soil woodland plants: There are many woodland flowering plants that thrive in moist soil and shady conditions. Consider baneberry, pearly everlasting, goat's beard, bog rosemary, astilbe, ferns, marsh marigold, sedges, sweet woodruff, japanese iris, bloodroot, and black snakeroot.

Consider coreopsis, yarrow, black-eyed Susan, butterfly weed (asclepias), lavender, catmint, gaillardia, verbena, salvia, hollyhocks. For bulbs, try bearded iris, gayfeather (liatris), and glads. For sun-loving foliage plants consider herb plants such as artemesia and sage, which have interesting colors and textures.

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