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7 Perennials That Thrive in Shade

Perennials are plants that live for more than two years. They are a great option for gardeners who want to add color and interest to their landscape without having to replant every year. 

Many perennials require full sun to thrive, but several varieties do well in shady areas. If you have a spot in your yard that doesn’t get much sun, consider adding one of these seven shade-loving perennials to your garden.


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If you’re looking for a beautiful perennial that thrives in shade, Hosta is a great option. There are many Hosta varieties, so you’re sure to find one that fits your garden perfectly.

Hostas are known for their large, dramatic leaves and ability to add color and dimension to shady areas. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, so you can find one that suits your taste. The most common colors include different shades of green and white but there are blue, goldish hues and even red varieties!

One of the best things about Hostas is that they’re very low maintenance. They don’t require a lot of fertilizer, and they’re generally disease and pest-resistant. Just give them enough space to grow in loamy soil, as they can spread quite rapidly.

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart
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Few plants evoke such emotion as the bleeding heart. Whether you love or hate them, there’s no denying that these perennials are some of the most distinctive-looking plants around. And while they’re often associated with shady, woodland gardens, bleeding hearts can be quite versatile, thriving in both partial sun and full shade.

If you’re looking for a plant that will add some serious wow factor to your garden, Bleeding heart is worth considering.

Toad Lily

Toad Lily
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If you’re looking for a beautiful, low-maintenance perennial to add to your shady garden, look no further than the Toad Lily. This unique plant is perfect for gardeners of all levels of experience and will provide a splash of color and interest to any shady spot in your yard.

One of the things that makes Toad Lilies so special is their unusual flowers. The blooms typically have six petals and are marked with spots or streaks of color. They come in many vibrant colors, including white, pink, purple, and yellow. The flowers bloom in late summer and fall, long after most other perennials have finished blooming.

Toad Lilies are very easy to grow. They thrive in shady areas and can even tolerate full shade. They’re also quite tolerant of a wide range of soils, as long as the soil is well-drained.

Coral Bells

Coral Bells
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Coral Bells are a shade-loving perennial that comes in numerous colors and varieties. They are perfect for adding a pop of color to any shady garden or landscape.

They are relatively easy to care for and thrive in garden areas receiving partial sunlight. Be sure to plant them in a well-draining soil mix, and water them regularly during the growing season. Fertilize your coral bells once or twice a year with a balanced fertilizer.

In the fall, cut back the dead leaves and stems of your coral bells to tidy up the plant. Leave the roots intact so that the plant will regrow in the spring.

If you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures in the winter, you will need to mulch your coral bells to protect them from the cold. In the spring, remove the mulch once the danger of frost has passed.

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob's Ladder
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Jacob’s Ladder is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in shady areas. It is a member of the family Polemoniaceae, which includes almost 400 species of flowering plants native to North and South America.

Jacob’s ladder gets its name from the ladder-like arrangement of its leaves, which are arranged in pairs along the stem. The plant typically grows about a foot tall, with blue or violet flowers blooming in early summer.

If you’re looking for a plant that can add some color to a shady area of your garden, Jacob’s ladder is a great option! Just give it room to grow, as it can spread aggressively through underground runners.


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Also known as false goats beard, this beautiful perennial is perfect for shady gardens, and you can find it in a variety of colors from purple, to white, and pink to darker reds.

Astilbes are native to the far East and North America, growing best in moist, well-drained soil. They can tolerate some sun, but they prefer shade. This plant is very easy to care for; simply make sure they are in a comfortable shady location and water them regularly.

Astilbes make excellent cut flowers. They also look beautiful when planted in mass. If you’re looking for a perennial that will add color and beauty to your garden, look no further than astilbe.

Solomon’s Seal

Solomon's Seal
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This North American native is perfect for adding texture and interest to shady garden beds and woodland gardens.

Solomon’s seal is a slow-growing perennial plant that typically reaches one to six feet tall at maturity. The leaves are large and oval-shaped, with a distinctive veiny appearance. In late spring or early summer, the plant produces small white bell-shaped flowers that dangle from its stems.

It is easy to care for and doesn’t require much fertilizer or water once it’s established. It’s also deer resistant. When planting Solomon’s seal, choose a shady spot in your garden that has moist, well-drained soil.

If you’re looking for a pretty ground cover or an easy-to-grow perennial for your shade garden, Solomon’s seal is a great option. With its attractive foliage and delicate flowers, it’s sure to add beauty and interest to your landscape.

Start Searching For Your Perfect Perennial!

If you’re looking for some easy-to-care-for perennials that will add color and interest to your landscape, then look no further. These seven shade-loving perennials are perfect for gardeners who don’t have a lot of time to spend on maintenance.

Do you have any tips or tricks for growing these plants successfully? Let us know in the comments below!