what type of shade perennials would work ? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mfs029
June 30, 2010
I am looking to add perennials to my current garden, it is mostly a shade garden I have mostly have hosta and some shrubbery, ideally I would like ones that bloom from spring to fall. I have planted impatiens to give me some color but I would prefer not to have to do annuals every year.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Perennials typically don't have as long a flowering period as annuals do, so to have blooms all summer, choose plants with staggered bloom times. Here Perennials for shade: 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). You might also consider bulbs for shady conditions: Begonia, Caladium, Camassia, Elephant's ears, Lilium, Narcissus, Scilla, Callas. Good luck with your shade garden!

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