The Q&A Archives: Appropriate shrub and perennials for shade

Question: I am landscaping around an outdoor spa. The spa is set on pavers and there is a privacy fence on two sides and the house on the third. There is an area between the pavers and the fence three to four feet wide. I would like to put some small shrubs and perennials in that space, but I am not sure what would be appropriate as it is basically full shade. Could you please make some recommendation?

Thank you.

Answer: There are a number of plants that will thrive in deep shade: Barrenwort, Bergenia, Bloodroot, Bunchberry, Ferns, Foamflower, Grass, Sedge, Helleborus, Hostas, Ivy English, (wild flower) Jack In The Pulpit, Lamium, Lily of the Valley, Liriope, Mayflower, Myrtle, Pachysandra, Pulmonaria, Shamrock Strawberry, (wild flower) Shooting Stars, Snow on the Mountain, Solomon's Seal, Spiderwort, Sweet Woodruff, (wild flower) Trillium, Virginia Bluebells and Wood Poppy Golden.

If there is some sunshine, you can include the following plants:
Astilbe, Bear's Breech, Bleeding Heart, Brunnera, Chrysogonum, Cimicifuga, Coral Bells, Corydalis, Forget-me-not, Ginger, Grass Hakonechloa, Jacob's Ladder, Ligularia, (wild flower) Marsh Marigold, Meadow Rue, Meadowsweet, Merrybells, Monkshood, Primrose, Rodger's Flower, Toad Lily, Turtlehead and Viola.

Hope you find some plants you like!

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