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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

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
Common Name:
Bloodroot
Scientific Name:
Sanguinaria Canadensis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5-7
Flower Color:
White or pink tinged
Special Characteristics:
Cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-9"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)

Bloodroot_Sanguinaria-Canadensis
Common Name:
Bloodroot
Scientific Name:
Sanguinaria Canadensis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5 to 7
Flower Color:
White or pink tinged
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-9"
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Common Name:
Bunchberry
Scientific Name:
Cornus canadensis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.5-7
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, Deer resistant, Tolerates rabbit, Edible
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 6
Height At Maturity:
3-9"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Bunchberry_Cornus-canadensis
Common Name:
Bunchberry
Scientific Name:
Cornus canadensis
Type:
Shrub
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
Neutral, Acidic
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies Attracts birds and butterflies, Tolerates rabbit,
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 6
Height At Maturity:
3" to 9"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Buzzy lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)

Buzzy lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)
Common Name:
Buzzy Lizzy
Scientific Name:
Impatiens walleriana
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
Neutral
Flower Color:
Pink, rose, red, lilac, purple, orange, white & bicolors
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 24"
Sun:
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover, Houseplant

Chinese astilbe (Astilbe chinensis var. pumila)

Chinese astilbe_Astilbe chinensis var. pumila
Common Name:
Chinese astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe chinensis var. pumila
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Mauve pink
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, deer-resistant, showy flowers, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
9-12”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Chinese astilbe (Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ”Superba”)

Chinese astilbe_Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Superba'
Common Name:
Chinese astilbe
Scientific Name:
Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ''Superba''
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Dry to medium
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Deep lilac
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, deer-resistant, showy flowers, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
24-48'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Christmas rose (Helleborus “Walhelivor” IVORY PRINCE)

Christmas rose_Helleborus 'Walhelivor' IVORY PRINCE
Common Name:
Christmas rose
Scientific Name:
Helleborus "Walhelivor" IVORY PRINCE
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
7-8
Flower Color:
Creamy white
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-15”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Common Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea)

Common Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea)
Common Name:
Common Foxglove
Scientific Name:
Digitalis purpurea
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Moderate
Soil PH:
6.1 to 7.8
Flower Color:
Purple, Pale pink, White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, Self Sowing, Easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
2' to 5'
Sun:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Common lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis)

common lungwort_Pulmonaria officinalis
Common Name:
Common lungwort
Scientific Name:
Pulmonaria officinalis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
4.5-6.8
Flower Color:
Pink aging to rose-violet maturing to blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-12'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Common lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis)

Common-lungwort_Pulmonaria-officinalis
Common Name:
Common lungwort
Scientific Name:
Pulmonaria officinalis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
4.5-6.8
Flower Color:
Pink aging to rose-violet maturing to blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-12'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius)

Corsican-hellebore_Helleborus-argutifolius
Common Name:
Corsican hellebore
Scientific Name:
Helleborus argutifolius
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.90–6.04
Flower Color:
Pale green
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 8
Height At Maturity:
18-24”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius)

Corsican hellebore_Helleborus argutifolius
Common Name:
Corsican hellebore
Scientific Name:
Helleborus argutifolius
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
Pale green
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 8
Height At Maturity:
18-24”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Corydalis (Corydalis lutea)

golden-corydalis_Corydalis-aurea
Common Name:
Corydalis
Scientific Name:
Corydalis lutea
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.5-7
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 7
Height At Maturity:
12-18'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Corydalis (Corydalis ophiocarpa)

corydalis_Corydalis lutea
Common Name:
Corydalis
Scientific Name:
Corydalis ophiocarpa
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Ivory
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-30'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Dutchmans breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Dutchman's breeches_Dicentra cucullaria
Common Name:
Dutchmans breeches
Scientific Name:
Dicentra cucullaria
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.8-7.2
Flower Color:
White to pink
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
6-12'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Dwarf lilyturf (Ophiopogon japonicus)

dwarf lilyturf_Ophiopogon japonicus
Common Name:
Dwarf lilyturf
Scientific Name:
Ophiopogon japonicus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.6-6
Flower Color:
White to lilac
Special Characteristics:
Easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
7 to 10
Height At Maturity:
8-12”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

10-Echinacea
Common Name:
Eastern Purple Coneflower
Scientific Name:
Echinacea
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Drought resistant
Soil PH:
5.8
Flower Color:
Purplish pink
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, container, deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 9
Height At Maturity:
4' to 5'
Sun:
Full, Partial
Sub Type:
Herb, Groundcover

Eastern round-leaved violet (Viola rotundifolia)

eastern round-leaved violet_Viola rotundifolia
Common Name:
Eastern round-leaved violet
Scientific Name:
Viola rotundifolia
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5.6-7.5
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
3-6'
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum)

European wild ginger_Asarum europaeum
Common Name:
European wild ginger
Scientific Name:
Asarum europaeum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
4-6
Flower Color:
Greenish-yellow to brown
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 7
Height At Maturity:
3-6'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Firecracker Flower (Justicia Rizzinii)

Firecracker Flower_Justicia rizzinii-part shade to shade
Common Name:
Firecracker Flower
Scientific Name:
Justicia Rizzinii
Type:
Shrub
Water:
Moderate
Soil PH:
6.1 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Red
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates Drought, Attracts birds and butterflies, Cut flower
Hardiness Zone(s):
9
Height At Maturity:
24" to 36"
Sun:
Part Shade to Full Shade
Sub Type:
Evergreen

Fumewort (Corydalis solida)

Fumewort (Corydalis solida)
Common Name:
Fumewort
Scientific Name:
Corydalis solida
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
6.5-7.5
Flower Color:
Purplish red
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Fumewort (Corydalis solida)

Fumewort (Corydalis solida)
Common Name:
Fumewort
Scientific Name:
Corydalis solida
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
6.1-6.5
Flower Color:
Purplish red
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-12'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Globe flower (Trollius europaeus)

globe flower_Trollius europaeus
Common Name:
Globe flower
Scientific Name:
Trollius europaeus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5 to 7
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 6
Height At Maturity:
18-24”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Globe flower (Trollius ledebourii)

globe flower_Trollius ledebourii
Common Name:
Globe flower
Scientific Name:
Trollius ledebourii
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
5.8 - 6.8
Flower Color:
Orange
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, showy flower
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
24-36'
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Golden corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

golden-corydalis_Corydalis-aurea
Common Name:
Golden corydalis
Scientific Name:
Corydalis aure
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1-7.8
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Poisonous
Hardiness Zone(s):
5-9
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Golden knee (Chrysogonum virginianum)

golden knee_Chrysogonum virginianum
Common Name:
Golden knee
Scientific Name:
Chrysogonum virginianum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium to wet
Soil PH:
6-7.5
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
3-4”
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Great-white-trillium_Trillium-grandiflorum
Common Name:
Great white trillium
Scientific Name:
Trillium grandiflorum
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.6 to 6.0
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
8-18"
Sun:
Part shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Gumamela (Hibiscus)

13-Hibiscus
Common Name:
Gumamela
Scientific Name:
Hibiscus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Moderate
Soil PH:
7.0
Flower Color:
Red to dark red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, container, Deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 11
Height At Maturity:
8' to 10'
Sun:
Full, partial sun
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Hardy impatiens (Impatiens Omeiana)

9Hardy impatiens_annual
Common Name:
Hardy Impatiens
Scientific Name:
Impatiens Omeiana
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
6.0 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Orange, Apricot, Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 9
Height At Maturity:
9" to 18"
Sun:
Partial shade to Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Related: Our list of the 30 Prettiest Perennial Flowers

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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