The Q&A Archives: Perennials

Question: I have a garden with a tree in the middle so some of the garden gets some sun and the backside gets little. I am having a had time finding perennials that have flowers to grow in the shady area. I am also looking for ones that are on the taller side so you can see them behind the ones planted in the front of the garden. Any suggestions?

Answer: The University of Illinois Extension Service put together the following list of perennials for shady sites:
Bugleweed?Ajuga reptans; Snowdrop anemone?Anemone sylvestris; Columbine?Aquilegia x hybrida; Jack-in-the-Pulpit?Arisaema spp.; Wild Ginger?Asarum canadense;
European Wild Ginger?Asarum europaeum ; False Spirea?Astilbe spp.; Japanese Painted Fern?Athyrium nipponicum ?Pictum?; Heartleaf Bergenia?Bergenia cordifolia;
Siberian Bugloss?Brunnera macrophylla; Black Snakeroot?Cimicifuga racemosa; Lily-of-the-Valley?Convallaria majalis; Yellow Corydalis?Corydalis lutea; Bleeding Heart?Dicentra spp.; Foxglove?Digitalis purpurea; Red Barrenwort?Epimedium x rubrum ; Ferns (various species); Sweet Woodruff?Galium odoratum; Cranesbill?Geranium spp.; Lenten Rose?Helleborus orientalis; Coral Bells?Heuchera sanguinea;
Plantain Lily?Hosta spp.; Deadnettle?Lamium maculatum; Lilyturf?Liriope spicata;
Cardinal Flower?Lobelia cardinalis; Virginia Bluebells?Mertensia virginica; Japanese Spurge?Pachysandra terminalis; Variegated Solomon?s Seal?Polygonatum odoratum ?Variegatum?; Lungwort?Pulmonaria saccharata; Meadowrue?Thalictrum spp.;
Foam Flower?Tiarella cordifolia; and Globeflower?Trollius europaeus. With so many possibilities, I hope you find just the right plants for your shady garden. Enjoy!

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