Shade perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Lakewood, Co
Question by ailenespring
June 13, 2009
What is a good flowering perennial for an area that gets very little sun? This bed gets less than 3 hours of sunlight during the summer.


Answer from NGA
June 13, 2009


For partly shady sites, try: Bleeding Heart - Heart-shaped flowers. Best choices: D. spectabilis, D. eximia (Fringed bleeding heart) a smaller species with gray-green fern-like foliage, long-blooming; Cornflower - Easy to grow. Clump-forming plants with gray-green foliage. Best choices: C. montana (Mountain bluet), C. dealbata (Persian cornflower) has lobed leaves. Both species reseed readily; Ligularia - Clumps of very large coarsely toothed leaves add bold texture. Best choices: L. dentata ?Desdemona? (Bigleaf ligularia) has large orange daisy-like flowers; L. stenocephala ?The Rocket? (Narrow-spiked ligularia) has black-stemmed spikes of small yellow flowers; Pasque Flower - Finely divided basal leaves which appear after single urn-shaped flowers. Showy feathery seed heads; Meadowrue - Columbine-like leaves and small, airy clusters of flowers. Best wishes with your garden.

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