Shade Perennials

Posted By John Durst on Apr 13, 2007 | 2 comments

Shade plants are often come in a very limited color range because there is not enough sunlight to bring out most of those beautiful bright floral colors, and deep color is usually too dark to stand out. When designing a shade garden, one must rely heavily on textures and light-colored shade plants that will stand out in the low light.

This situation forces the gardener to be creative and shapes the subtle feel of the shade garden. Thankfully, there are some plants out there that have very interesting textures and the light eye-catching colors that are perfect for you shade garden. There are some new colors of fern, brilliant variegated hostas, and my favorite, new hues of heuchera.

Heuchera comes in a wide variety of colors and has a ruffled texture that will add interest to your shade garden. My favorite variety of heuchera is Wayside Gardens’ ‘Fire Chief’ which has a rich crimson color that will stand out against any deep green or purple foliage in your shade garden.


  1. I would like to plant trees, tall shrubs or climbing vines that can grow in full time shade. These would be planted under tall ash trees and would get no sun once the lwaves fill out on the ashes. Any ideas?

  2. It’s hard to find a tall plant that will grow in full shade. If you want a climber, Vinca does well in the shade, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from.
    Clump Bamboo will be your best bet for getting some height in the shade.
    There are plenty of plants look here for more: Partial Shade Perennials

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