Plants - Perennials

10 perennials that flower in the shade

These beautiful blooms are an added bonus to any shade garden.


Master gardener Dan Cooper, my co-author of Gardening from a Hammock, suggests some of his low-maintenance favourites:


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Cimicifuga simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’
Also called black snakeroot or black bugbane, ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ has arching spikes of fragrant pale-pink flowers above a clump of lacy purple-black foliage in early fall.

Image courtesy of Phoenix Perennials

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Japanese anemones
One of the few shade lovers that bloom in fall is the Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrid ‘Honorine Jobert’) with its tall single white flowers that provide a showy display August through October. These can grow up to 120 centimetres and have the ability to spread if the conditions are right.

Image courtesy of Phoenix Perennials

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Foamflowers
The foamflower (Tiarella) comes in many varieties and has delicate spikes of fragrant soft-pink or white flowers in the late spring and summer with large deeply cut leaves.

Image courtesy of istock


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Giant goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus)
Giant goat’s beard is also one of my favourites. It can grow 120 to 180 centimetres and has a spectacular display of creamy-white plumes June through July.

Image courtesy of voltan1/istock

 

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