The Q&A Archives: Shaded perenials

Question: What colorful perenials do well planted around a shaded tree trunk?

Answer: Some of the most colorful perennials for shade include the super-hardy, carefree Pink Dwarf Bleeding Heart. These plants are covered with pink pendant flowers spring through early summer, and again in the fall. Bleeding heart grows 15-18" tall. Include some Asiatic lilies varieties which produces 6-10 richly colored blooms on each 2-4? stem in early to midsummer. These plants multiply annually for years of beauty. Space 12-18? apart. Place some hardy ferns between the plants for a tropical effect and add some Lily-of-the-Valley for unforgettable fragrance. Clusters of dainty, white bells on 8-10? stems grace the garden in mid to late spring, and they make wonderful corsages. Lily-of-the-Valley?s thrive in the shade, where they spreads rapidly to create dense clumps of emerald foliage for an elegant summer ground cover. Space 6-12? apart.

Enjoy your new shade garden!

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