Shade Perennials

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Shade Perennials, Native or Woodland Plants, and Groundcovers

2019 Shade Perennial Plant List
Please scroll down for a complete plant listing. Our new 2019 varieties are listed in red.

Please be aware that these lists comprise plants that we order from sources around the world in seed or unrooted cuttings; sometimes items from our orders are unavailable. We make every effort to keep the lists up to date, but occasionally a plant is listed that never arrived. Email us at to verify availability for a specific plant.

In general: Part shade = 4-6 hours of direct sun; Shade = less than 4 hours of direct sun; Filtered Sun = protected under trees

Aconitum  "Bicolor" (Monkshood)
Aconitum  "Blue Lagoon"  (monkshood)
Anemone "Wild Swan"
            Anemone Wild Swan   Anemone "Wild Swan"
                                   Late spring to frost; 3" - 3 1/2" flowers

Anenome  "Honorine Jobert"
Anenome robustissima
Aquilegia  "Little Lanterns" (columbine)
Aquilegia  "Winky Blue+Whit" (columbine)
Aruncus aethesifolia(dwarf Goat' Beard)
Aruncus dioicus  (Goat's Beard)

Astilbe (false Spirea) produce large plumes in various sizes and shapes. Each plume consists of hundreds of tiny flowers, each opening in succession, providing a long season of bloom. Plumes make excellent fresh cuts or for drying in natural bouquets. Astilbe grow best in moist soils and semi-shade. Will tolerate more sun with adequate moisture. Excellent for the woodland garden. Plant in mass for a stunning display.

Astilbe  "Bridal Veil"
Astilbe  "Country + Western"
Astilbe  "Fanal"
Astilbe  "Happy Spirit"
              Astilbe "Happy Spirit"   Astilbe Happy Spirit
                                                                                    dark red stems stand out against pure white flowers
                                                                                    that mature to cream blooming late June - July;
                                                                                    deer resistant; great as cut flowers
Astilbe  "Hennie Graafland"
Astilbe  "Key Largo"
Astilbe  "Key West"
Astilbe  "Ostrich Plume"
Astilbe  "Rhythum + Blues"
Astilbe  "Spotlight"
Astilbe  "Sprite"
Astilbe  "Vision Inferno"
Astilbe  "Younique Carmine"
Astilbe  "Younique White"
Brunnera macrophylla "Dawson's White"
Brunnera macrophylla "Jack Frost"
Brunnera macrophylla "Sea Heart"
Brunnera macrophylla "Silver Heart"
Cimicifuga racemosa    'Atropurpurea'
Cimicifuga ram.  "Chocoholic"
Cimicifuga ram. "Hillside Black Beauty
Cimicifuga ramosa  'Pink Spike'
Epimedium  "Domino"
Epimedium grandiflorum  "Purple Pixie"
Heuchera   "Blackout"
Heuchera   "Caramel"
Heuchera   "Carnival Black Olive"
Heuchera   "Carnival Peach Parfait"
Heuchera   "Cinnabar Silver"
Heuchera   "Fire Alarm"
Heuchera   "Lemon Chiffon"
Heuchera   "Little Cuty Blondie"
Heuchera   "Little Cuty Frost"
Heuchera   "Little Cuty Peppermint"
Heuchera   "Pink Lipstick"
Heuchera   "Plum Royale"
Heuchera  "Peppermint"
Heuchera  "Rave On"
Heucherella  "Plum Cascade"
Heucherella  "Sweet Tea"
                Heucherella-Sweet-Tea  Heucherella "Sweet Tea"
Ligularia stenocephala "The Rocket"
Polemonium "Touch of Class"
Polygonatum falcatum  "Variegatum"
Pulmonaria  "Raspberry Splash"
Pulmonaria  "Twingle Toes"

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2019 Native or Woodland Plant List

Some "Native Plants" (native to the United States) require full sun, unlike most "Woodland Plants, which are shade perennials but grow in different soils.

Aquilegia  "Blue Bird"  (columbine)
Aquilegia  "Cardinal"  (columbine)
Aquilegia  "Sunshine"  (columbine)
Centaurea montana
Centaurea montana "Lavender Mist"
Chelone  "Tiny Tortuga"  (Turtlehead)
                  Chelone Tiny Tortuga Chelone "Tiny Tortuga"
                  compact; hot pink blooms top lustrous dark green leaves;
                  mid-summer - fall; 18"-24"
Chelone lyonni  "Hot Lips"
Cornus baileyi  'Red Twigged Dogwood'
Disporum flavens
Eupatorium  "Phantom"
Eupatorium purpureum "Little Joe"
Eupatorium rug. "Chocolate"
Gentian  "True Blue"
Geranium maculatum
Geranium wlassovianum
Gillenia trifoliata     (bowman's root)
Hamamelis vern. 'Vernal Witch Hazel'
Helianthus  "Lemon Queen"
                                     Helianthus "Lemon Queen"  Helianthus Lemon Queen
                                 2" soft yellow sunflowers blooming July & August; grows 6'-8' tall; full sun; moist but now wet soil;
                                                                                 great for back row of border garden
                                 As with other tall, late blooming perennial daisies such as Helenium & Asters, pinching half of the
                                                       growth around July 1 results in shorter, bushy plants later in the season.

Helianthus  "Sunshine Daydream"
Heliopsis scabra "Summer Sun"
Ilex  "Southern Gentleman" (winterberry)
Ilex v. "Winter Gold" (winterberry)
Ilex v. "Winter Red"  (winterberry)
Ilex vert. "Jim Dandy"    (winterberry)
Ilex vert. "Wildfire"    (winterberry)
Liatris "Kobold" (Gayfeather)
Lobelia cardinalis
Polygonatum odoratum "Variegatum"
Rhododendron viscosum "Pink Mist"
Rudbeckia subtom. "Henry Eilers"
Salix discolor  'Pussy Willow'
Solidago  "Little Lemon"
   Solidago "Little Lemon"  Solidago Little Lemon - Copy
                                 dwarf variety of hybrid Goldenrod; 10"-12"; bright lemon yellow flower spikes;
                                 deer resistant; use in rock gardens; Note: Doesn't cause allergies! Pollen is
                                 sticky, not windblown, moved by bees from plant to plant.
Thalictrum rochebrunianum "Lavender Mist

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2019 Groundcover Plant List

Ajuga  "Black Scallop"
Ajuga  "Chocolate Chip"
Allysum wulf. "Golden Spring"
Arctostaphylos  "Urvi-Ursi" (Bearberry)
Calluna v.  "Allegro" (crimson heather)
Calluna v.  "H.E.Beale" ( heather)
Calluna v.  "Larissa" (brickred heather)
Calluna v.  "Red Star" (pink heather)
Calluna v.  "Sandy" (white heather)
Campanula por. "Comp.Clockwise Dp. Blue"
                 Campanula por. "Compact Clockwise Deep Blue Campanula Compact Clockwise Deep Blue
                                                                                             Gorgeous flowers bloom in first year; 8"-12" high
Campanula port. "Birch Hybrid"
Erica  "Kramer's Red"    (magenta heath)
Erica  "Springwood Pink"    (pink heath)
Erica  "Springwood White"  (white heath)
Juniper h."Blue Prince"
Lamium  "White Nancy"
Phlox sub. "Emerald Blue" (Creeping)
Phlox sub. "Emerald Pink" (Creeping)
Phlox sub. "Eye Candy" (Creeping phlox)
Phlox sub. "Eye Shadow" (Creeping phlox)
      Phlox Eye Candy                              Phlox Eye Shadow
                      Phlox sub "Eye Candy"                                                                            Phlox sub. "Eye Shadow"
     Bright green needle-like foliage covered in light                               Vibrant rosy purple flowers with dark purple eye
     lavender pink flowers with dark wine purple eye

Phlox sub. "Scarlet flame" (Creeping)
Phlox sub. "Snowflake" (Creeping)
Phlox sub. "Violet Pinwheels" (Creeping)
Phlox sub. "White Delight" (Creeping)
Sagina Subulata   (Irish Moss)
Sedum  "Blue Spruce"
Sedum  "Sunsparkler Firecracker"
Sedum spur.  "Dragons Blood"
Sedum spurium  "John Creech"

Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum) are not difficult to grow, provided they are not waterlogged and killed from excess watering. They can be easily grown outdoors, great for rock gardens (they'll actually grow right on top of rocks and ledge!), and in containers,best planted in clumps, and they earned the name “Houseleeks” from their tendency to root on the roofs of houses. After the mother plant flowers, it will naturally die, but by this time, the plant has likely produced many offsets that will continue to grow. These are excellent for cold windows. Sempervivum earned their popular name “Hen and Chicks” from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily repotted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.

Sempervivum  "Cobweb" (Hens & Chicks)
    Sempervivum Cobweb Sempervivum "Cobweb"
Sempervivum "Royal Ruby" (Hens & Chicks)
                             Sempervivum Royal Ruby Sempervivum "Royal Ruby"
Sempervivum "Sunset" (Hens & Chicks)
                                                    Sempervivum Sunset  Sempervivum "Sunset"

Stachys lanata "Helene von Stein"
Stachys lanata "Silver Carpet"
Thyme  "Elfin"
Thyme  "Pink Chintz"
Thyme prae. a. "White creeping thyme"
Tiarella  "Spring Symphony"
Veronica  "Waterperry"
Veronica  "Whitewater"
Veronica peduncularis "Georgia Blue"
Veronica repens "Sunshine"
Vinca  "Gertrude Jekyll"  (white myrtle)
Vinca minor  "Bowles" (common myrtle)

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