These Are the

Best Perennials

for Shady Spots in Your Yard

Like the more popular columbine, epimedium sports springy stems and spurred flowers in spring and early summer.

1. Bishop’s Hat  (Epimedium spp.)

Usually grown for their variegated heart-shaped leaves rather than their blooms, brunneras produce panicles of small, blue forget-me-not-like flowers in spring and early summer.

2. Bugloss  (Brunnera macrophylla)

Their spurred flowers in a wide variety of hues appear above ferny foliage in late spring and early summer.

4. Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)

Growing to 3 feet tall with red stems and roughly heart-shaped green leaves with red undersides, the plants produce clusters of 1-inch pink and white fragrant flowers during summer in partial to full shade.

6. Hardy Begonia  (Begonia grandis)

Although most species of anemones will survive and even thrive in less-than-sunny conditions, the Japanese type is particularly useful because it blooms from the end of summer into autumn.

7. Japanese Anemone (Eriocapitella x hybrida)

Keep in mind that it needs partial or high shade and is extremely toxic to people and pets.

8. Hellebore (Helleborus spp.)

Pulmonaria will grow in either light or full shade.

10. Lungwort (Pulmonaria spp.)

With their rosettes of green leaves and heads of round—often “eyed”—blooms, primroses remain among the most charming of the perennial flowers for shade.

11. Primrose (Primula spp.)

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