Shade Perennials

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Shade Perennials, Native or Woodland Plants, and Groundcovers

2021 Shade Perennial Plant List
Please scroll down for a complete plant listing.

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  "Elfin Swan"  dwarf anemone; large icy-white flowers with purple tones on back; blooms summer and fall
                                  Anemone Elfin Swan

Anenome  "Honorine Jobert"
Anenome robustissima
Aquilegia  "Blue Jay" (columbine)
Aquilegia  "Cardinal"  (columbine)
Aquilegia  "Goldfinch"  (columbine)
Aquilegia  "Little Lanterns" (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  "Hennie Graafland"
Astilbe  "Key Largo"
Astilbe  "Ostrich Plume"
Astilbe  "Spotlight"
Astilbe  "Sprite"
Astilbe  "Vision Inferno"
Astilbe  "White Gloria"
Astilbe  "Younique Silver-pink"
Astilbe  "Younique White"

Astilbe ch.  "Satin Pearls"Astilbe Delft Lace

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'
Corydalis flexuosa "Porcelain Blue"
Cordydalis lutea

Helleborus  "Blushing Bridesmaid" 
   Helleborus are great plants for naturalizing in moist woodland areas where the extensive root system will spread;
    blooms early spring
        Helleborus Blushing Bridesmaid
Helleborus  "French Kiss"
Helleborus  "Ivory Prince"
Helleborus  "New York Night"
Helleborus  "Sandy Shores"
                              Helleborus Sandy Shores

Helleborus  "Snowbells"
                                                 Helleborus Snowbells

Heuchera   "Berry Smoothie"
Heuchera   "Caramel"
Heuchera   "Carnival Black Olive"  (coral bells)
Heuchera   "Carnival Plum Crazy" (coral bells)
Heuchera   "Paris"  (coral bells)
Heuchera  "Forever Red"    (coral bells)
Heuchera  "Lime Marmalade" (coral bells)
Heucherella  "Buttered Rum"
Heucherella  "Pink Revolution" (foamflower)
Heucherella  "Sweet Tea" (foamflower)
Ligularia stenocephala "The Rocket"
Polemonium "Touch of Class"
Polygonatum odoratum "Variegatum"
Pulmonaria  "Little Star"
Pulmonaria  "Raspberry Splash"
Thalictrum rochebrunianum "Lavender Mist

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2021 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.

Asclepias tuberosa
Centaurea montana
Chelone  "Tiny Tortuga"  (Turtlehead)
                  Chelone Tiny Tortuga Chelone "Tiny Tortuga"
                  compact; hot pink blooms top lustrous dark green leaves;
                  mid-summer - fall; 18"-24"

Disporum flavens
Filipendula rubra "Venusta"
Gentian  "True Blue"
Gentian cruciata  "Blue Cross"
Geranium maculatum
Gillenia trifoliata     (bowman's root)
Hamamelis virginiana  '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"
Helianthus salicifolius   "Autumn Gold"
Ilex  "Southern Gentleman" (winterberry)
Ilex v. "Winter Gold" (winterberry)
Ilex v. "Winter Red"  (winterberry)
Ilex vert. "Jim Dandy"    (winterberry)
Ilex vert. "Wildfire"    (winterberry)
   (See our descriptions of Winterberry on the "Featured Plant" tab on the Home page)
Liatris "Kobold" (Gayfeather)
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia syphilitica
Rudbeckia  "American Gold Rush"
Rudbeckia triloba    "Prairie Glow"
Thalictrum rochebrunianum "Lavender Mist
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2021 Groundcover Plant List

Campanula persicifolia  "Takion Blue"
Heaths or Heathers
Lamium  "White Nancy"
Phlox sub. "Emerald Pink" (Creeping)
Sedoro  "Blue Elf"
Sedum  "Angelica"
Sedum seiboldii
Sedum spurium  "John Creech"
Sempervivum  "Coral Red" (Hens & Chicks)
Thyme  "Elfin"
Thyme prae. a. "White creeping thyme"
Veronica  "Whitewater"

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.

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