101 Perennials that Do Well in Shade (A to Z)

101 perennials that like the shade. A to Z database. Photos and charts for every entry.
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Photos and Charts

Adriatic bellflower (Campanula garganica “Dickson’s Gold”)

Adriatic bellflower (Campanula garganica "Dickson's Gold")
Common Name:
Adriatic bellflower
Scientific Name:
Campanula garganica "Dickson's Gold"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 7
Height At Maturity:
3-6"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

African tuliptree (Spathodea campanulata)

African tuliptree (Spathodea campanulata)
Common Name:
African tuliptree
Scientific Name:
Spathodea campanulata
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5 - 7.5
Flower Color:
Reddish-orange with yellow corolla margin
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
360-480"
Sun:
Full Sun to Part Shade
Sub Type:
Evergreen

Agave (Agave geminiflora RASTA MAN)

Agave (Agave geminiflora RASTA MAN)
Common Name:
Agave
Scientific Name:
Agave geminiflora RASTA MAN
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Greenish-yellow
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, container
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 11
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

American boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

American boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Common Name:
American boneset
Scientific Name:
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
5.8 - 6.8
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, cut flowers, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
48-72"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

American century plant (Agave americana)

American century plant (Agave americana)
Common Name:
American century plant
Scientific Name:
Agave americana
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Greenish yellow
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, container
Hardiness Zone(s):
8 to 10
Height At Maturity:
36-72"
Sun:
Full sun

American century plant (Agave attenuata)

American century plant (Agave attenuata)
Common Name:
American century plant
Scientific Name:
Agave attenuata
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Yellow green to white
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 12
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Common Name:
Anise hyssop
Scientific Name:
Agastache foeniculum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Lavender to purple
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, fragrant, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
24-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Anise-scented sage (Salvia guaranitica)

Anise-scented sage (Salvia guaranitica)
Common Name:
Anise-scented sage
Scientific Name:
Salvia guaranitica
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.4 to 5.8
Flower Color:
Deep blue with purple-blue calyx
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, fragrant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
8 to 10
Height At Maturity:
24-60'
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Annual honesty (Lunaria annua)

Annual honesty (Lunaria annua)
Common Name:
Annual honesty
Scientific Name:
Lunaria annua
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Purple
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens)

Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens)
Common Name:
Apple mint
Scientific Name:
Mentha suaveolens
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Pink to white
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, tolerates rabbit, showy flowers, fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
12-24"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Arisaema (Arisaema engleri)

Arisaema (Arisaema engleri)
Common Name:
Arisaema
Scientific Name:
Arisaema engleri
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Purple flower spike with brownish-purple white-lined bract
Special Characteristics:
Poisonous
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 9
Height At Maturity:
1.50 to 2.00 feet
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Arisaema (Arisaema ringens)

Arisaema (Arisaema ringens)
Common Name:
Arisaema
Scientific Name:
Arisaema ringens
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5.6-7.5
Flower Color:
Green and purple striped spathe with a yellow and white spadix
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 9
Height At Maturity:
12-18"
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Arisaema (Arisaema serratum var. serratum)

Arisaema (Arisaema serratum var. serratum)
Common Name:
Arisaema
Scientific Name:
Arisaema serratum var. serratum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5.6 to 6.0
Flower Color:
green and purple spathe with white stripes
Special Characteristics:
Poisonous
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
3-4'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Arisaema (Arisaema serratum)

Arisaema (Arisaema serratum)
Common Name:
Arisaema
Scientific Name:
Arisaema serratum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5.5-6.5
Flower Color:
Green and purple spathe with white stripes
Special Characteristics:
Poisonous
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
3-4'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Arisaema (Arisaema serratum)

Arisaema (Arisaema serratum)
Common Name:
Arisaema
Scientific Name:
Arisaema serratum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5.6-6
Flower Color:
green and purple spathe with white stripes
Special Characteristics:
Easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
3-4"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Aruncus (Aruncus “Misty Lace”)

Aruncus (Aruncus "Misty Lace")
Common Name:
Aruncus
Scientific Name:
Aruncus "Misty Lace"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
Creamy white
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 7
Height At Maturity:
18-24"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Asian mint (Persicaria odorata)

Asian mint (Persicaria odorata)

Common Name:
Asian mint
Scientific Name:
Persicaria odorata
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6.0 to 6.8
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, tolerates rabbit, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6-18"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Astilbe (Astilbe “Burgunderrot” BURGUNDY RED)

Astilbe (Astilbe "Burgunderrot" BURGUNDY RED)
Common Name:
Astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe "Burgunderrot" BURGUNDY RED
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.5-6.5
Flower Color:
Burgundy red
Special Characteristics:
Deer resistant, Tolerates rabbit
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-18'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Astilbe (Astilbe × arendsii Amethyst)

Astilbe (Astilbe × arendsii Amethyst)
Common Name:
Astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe × arendsii Amethyst
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.8 to 6.8
Flower Color:
Lilac-purple
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit and deer
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
18-24'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Astilbe (Astilbe × arendsii Fanal)

Astilbe (Astilbe × arendsii Fanal)
Common Name:
Astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe × arendsii Fanal
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.8 to 6.8
Flower Color:
Deep red
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates deer and rabbit
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-18'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Astilbe (Astilbe × arendsii Rotlicht RED LIGHT)

Astilbe (Astilbe × arendsii Rotlicht RED LIGHT)
Common Name:
Astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe × arendsii Rotlicht RED LIGHT
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Red
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates deer and rabbit
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-24'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Astilbe (Astilbe Rheinland)

Astilbe (Astilbe Rheinland)
Common Name:
Astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe Rheinland
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.8 to 6.8
Flower Color:
Clear pink
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates deer and rabbit
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-18'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Avens (Geum “Borisii”)

Avens (Geum "Borisii")
Common Name:
Avens
Scientific Name:
Geum "Borisii"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Orange
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Avens (Geum “Mrs. J. Bradshaw”)

Avens (Geum "Mrs. J. Bradshaw")
Common Name:
Avens
Scientific Name:
Geum "Mrs. J. Bradshaw"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.6-6
Flower Color:
Orange/scarlet
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 7
Height At Maturity:
12-24"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Avens (Geum “Totally Tangerine”)

Avens (Geum "Totally Tangerine")
Common Name:
Avens
Scientific Name:
Geum "Totally Tangerine"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.8-6.4
Flower Color:
Orange-peach
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 7
Height At Maturity:
12-30"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Avens (Geum coccineum “Cooky”)

Avens (Geum coccineum "Cooky")
Common Name:
Avens
Scientific Name:
Geum coccineum "Cooky"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Orange with orange-yellow stamens
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 7
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Avens (Geum coccineum)

Avens (Geum coccineum)
Common Name:
Avens
Scientific Name:
Geum coccineum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Red-orange
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 7
Height At Maturity:
12-18”
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii)

Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii)
Common Name:
Azure monkshood
Scientific Name:
Aconitum carmichaelii
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5-6
Flower Color:
Deep purple (inside) and pale blue (outside)
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

Common Name:
Baby blue eyes
Scientific Name:
Nemophila menziesii
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.5 - 7.5
Flower Color:
Blue
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
3-6'
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus “Astra Blue”)

Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus "Astra Blue")
Common Name:
Balloon flower
Scientific Name:
Platycodon grandiflorus "Astra Blue"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Blue
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
3-6"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
Common Name:
Balloon flower
Scientific Name:
Platycodon grandiflorus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.8 - 6.8
Flower Color:
Purple-blue
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bear’s breeches (Acanthus “Summer Beauty”)

Bear's breeches (Acanthus "Summer Beauty")
Common Name:
Bear's breeches
Scientific Name:
Acanthus "Summer Beauty"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Creamy white subtended by purple bracts
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, tolerates rabbit, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 10
Height At Maturity:
36-72"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bear’s breeches (Acanthus hungaricus)

Bear's breeches (Acanthus hungaricus)
Common Name:
Bear's breeches
Scientific Name:
Acanthus hungaricus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.8 – 7.5
Flower Color:
Rose-purple
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 10
Height At Maturity:
36-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis)

Bear's breeches (Acanthus mollis)
Common Name:
Bear's breeches
Scientific Name:
Acanthus mollis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
White (sometimes pink)
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
7 to 10
Height At Maturity:
36-60"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bee balm (Monarda “Gardenview Scarlet”)

Bee balm (Monarda "Gardenview Scarlet")
Common Name:
Bee balm
Scientific Name:
Monarda "Gardenview Scarlet"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
Red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds, deer-resistant, showy flowers, cut flowers, fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Bee balm (Monarda “Mahogany”)

Bee balm (Monarda "Mahogany")
Common Name:
Bee balm
Scientific Name:
Monarda "Mahogany"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Wine red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, fragrant, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Bee balm (Monarda didyma)

Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
Common Name:
Bee balm
Scientific Name:
Monarda didyma
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer-resistant, tolerates rabbit, showy flowers, fragrant, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Bellflower (Campanula “Summertime Blues”)

Bellflower (Campanula "Summertime Blues")
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
(Campanula "Summertime Blues")
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
Silvery blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
12-24"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bellflower (Campanula kemulariae)

Bellflower (Campanula kemulariae)
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
Campanula kemulariae
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Lavender-blue
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Bellflower (Campanula latifolia)

Bellflower (Campanula latifolia)
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
Campanula latifolia
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.8-7.7
Flower Color:
Purplish-blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
36-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
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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.












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