Astilbe is a perennial growing in popularity. It comes in may varieties with a unique feathery plume of flowers ranging in color from reds, many shades of pink, white. A few varieties have peach or pale lavender flowers.
The dense canopy of a shade tree provides a cool hideaway on a hot summer day. What it doesn’t provide is enough light for grass and many flowers to grow, but don’t get discouraged! With these plants, you can have your shade and garden too. Keep in mind that many shade-loving plants will not have the same large blooms sun-lovers generally have. Add interest by combining different foliage textures and colors.
Most varieties do best with filtered/dappled light, those marked with an askterisk (*) will handle dense shade, though they may not bloom as much.
Annuals for Shade
Usually bloom best with some morning sunlight or filtered light. May not bloom in complete shade.
Begonia, Novelty, Tuberous or Traditional Bedding
Coleus, Shade Varieties
Fern, Kimberly Queen (Can also take Sun)
Hypoestes (Polka Dot Plant)
Impatiens, New Guinea or Traditional Bedding)
Purple Spiderwort (T. zebrinus)
Torenia (Wishbone Flower)
Perennials for Shade
Acorus (Sweet Flag Grass)*
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)*
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Heucherella (Foamy Bells)
Polemonium (Jacob’s Ladder)*
Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal)*
Tricyrtis (Toad Lily)*
Shrubs for Shade
Many of the listed shrubs prefer to receive
some sun during the day, or filtered light.
When planted in dense shade, they may
grow slower than usual.
Dogwood, select varieties
Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)
Holly, select varieties
Hydrangea (needs some sun to bloom)
Viburnum, some varieties
Groundcovers for Shade
Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)*
Galium (Sweet Woodruff)*
Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny)
Vinca Minor (Myrtle)*