Perennials that Do Well in Shade

Welcome to our database of perennials that thrive in shade.  If you want to design a garden, check out these garden design software options.

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 To learn more about each item in the gallery, click the title or image and you’ll be taken to the brief article about that plant/flower that provides key information (and in many cases an instructional video).



Hollow root (Corydalis cava)



Details

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Common Name

Hollow root

Scientific Name

Corydalis cava

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Deciduous

Sun

Full Shade

Water

Moderate Moisture

Hardiness Zones

5 to 9

Soil pH

8 to 10

Flower Color

Violet, red

Special Characteristics

Height at Maturity

1" to 8"

Video



Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis)



Details

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Common Name

Hepatica

Scientific Name

Hepatica nobilis

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Evergreen

Sun

Full Shade to Partial Shade

Water

Moderate

Hardiness Zones

5 to 8

Soil pH

4.5 to 6

Flower Color

Blue, violet, purple

Special Characteristics

Height at Maturity

4" to 6 "

Video



Hosta (Hosta "Emerald Tiara")



Details

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Common Name

Hosta

Scientific Name

Hosta "Emerald Tiara"

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Part shade to full shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

3 to 8

Soil pH

6-8

Flower Color

Purple

Special Characteristics

Attracts hummingbirds, showy flowers, cut flowers, easy to grow

Height at Maturity

12-18”

Video



Hosta (Hosta "Empress Wu")



Details

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Common Name

Hosta

Scientific Name

Hosta "Empress Wu"

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Part shade to full shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

3 to 8

Soil pH

5.5 - 7.5

Flower Color

Pale lavender

Special Characteristics

Attracts hummingbirds, showy flowers, cut flowers, easy to grow

Height at Maturity

48-60"

Video



Hosta (Hosta "Fortunei Albomarginata")



Details

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Common Name

Hosta

Scientific Name

Hosta "Fortunei Albomarginata"

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Part shade to full shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

3 to 8

Soil pH

6-8

Flower Color

Pale lavender

Special Characteristics

Attracts hummingbirds, showy flowers, easy to grow

Height at Maturity

24-36"

Video



Hosta (Hosta "Fortunei Aureomarginata")



Details

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Common Name

Hosta

Scientific Name

Hosta "Fortunei Aureomarginata"

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Part shade to full shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

3 to 9

Soil pH

6-8

Flower Color

Lavender

Special Characteristics

Showy flowers, easy-to-grow

Height at Maturity

12-18”

Video





All plants need sunlight to grow but not all of them love sunlight as much as others. Some of them are known as perennials plants and flowers.

They are called perennials because they grow and blossom during spring and summer seasons but start to wilt and die on autumn and winter seasons. They sprout back again in springtime from their rootstock, the herbaceous perennials.

Known perennials are likely shady plants, as they would prefer to bloom hiding from direct sunlight.

This is perfect for those gardeners who are hesitant to grow flowers because of their shady locations.

Hence, they would rather prefer to plant green foliage, which is a bit plain looking without the colors and blooms but this thought is a mistake because there are several flowers and plants that are shade tolerant.

There are several flowers that grow well in shade like perennials that bloom in spring time and die after but do not worry, as they amazingly grow back when the searing season is up.

We have listed some of the perennial flowers and plants you can choose from and start growing in your own shady garden this spring or summer season. Check them out and get inspired.