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Best Flowers for Shade Gardens

By Edited Jun 11, 2016 0 0

Gardening is a pastime lots of people enjoy for countless reasons. This activity is possible with fruits, vegetables or plants and flowers. Flower gardens are the most popular since they are possible in various climates and fairly easy to create. The options and choices offered are vast and cater to tons of various likes or preferences. Some people  believe they do not have the sun or soil for a superb flower garden. They are surprisingly pleased to discover they do building a shade garden.

There is an enormous amount of vegetation specifically fashioned to work in sunless spots of yard space. The diversity in the marketplace in color, size, variety and arrays available means it is probable to discover something everyone will like. This assortment also makes it possible to build an attractive one in every type of yard.

These are several types of floras ideal for the project along with some of the benefits of each.

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Bleeding Heart (dicentra spectabilis)

Bleeding Heart is a perennial blooming favorite and one of the best floras for shade gardens. Bleeding hearts grown in these areas blossom to beautiful pink and white heart shapes dangling from arching stems. They are extremely hardy and at their height reach up to four feet tall.

Mid-summer is generally when these go dormant and lose their colorful foliage. A few gardeners combine Bleeding Hearts along with Hostas to fill in a bare spot in a less sunny spot or area of the yard.

Toad Lilly (Tricyrtis)

Toad Lillies are not only one of the best flowers for shade gardens, but they are also one of the easiest types of these perennials to grow. Lots of people equate the white flowers of this perennial shade flower to orchids. Not only can you get these kinds of florets in white, but they also come in a blue or purple version for a little more color.

Toad Lilly flowers combine with Hostas and Bleeding Hearts for an attractive grouping in shady garden spots.

Bigroot Geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)

The Bigroot Geranium is among the toughest shade perennial flowers in the marketplace. They are hardy whether their surroundings are hot or dry. Even deer and rabbits that typically take bites out of other blossoms in the garden will pass by the Bigroot Geranium.

Spring brings vivid colors to the bloom of white or pink florets and they grow up to at least 24 inches tall or two feet high. Introducing Bigroot Geraniums in front of Toad Lillies adds lots of height to a shade garden area. Additionally, the contrast in look and texture is very attractive.


Hostas are an old stand by favorite and the most common. Countless people consider it one of the best flowers for shade gardens. This hardy shade perennial provides a tremendous amount of possible varieties for any shady perennial plant.

Hostas range from miniatures, only a few inches in width and height, to giants. The giant versions are at least six feet or more across in width. Numerous home and garden centers offer them in colors like green, white, blue, Chartreuse or even gold. Some varieties of Hostas are extremely aromatic or fragrant.

Shade garden combinations of Hostas and Bleeding Hearts are extremely attractive. They deliver countless options of size, color and aroma.

Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis Lutea)

One of the longest blooming flowers for a shade garden is the Yellow Corydalis. Not only is it the longest to bloom, but it is extremely easy to grow. The yellow flowers of this shade perennial will bloom from late spring until the first frost.

Not only are the yellow flowers extremely attractive, but the leaves are also colorful. The leaves are a sprinkling of gray mixed in with the green foliage. This hardy shade perennial will grow as tall as a foot high.

Many gardeners enjoy mixing the yellow flowers with some colorful Hostas are a unique option.


Epimedium is a perennial found growing close to the ground. This generally works wonderfully planted alone as ground cover for shade gardens, but will possibly grow as high as a foot tall. The Epimedium blooms in the springtime with shades of pink, yellow, orange and red.

Epimedium is resistant to deer and rabbits. It tolerates very dry areas well. Mixing Epimedium with Yellow Corydalis works brilliantly for the shady area of an otherwise full sun flower garden.

In conclusion

Gardeners interested in any type of flowers or plants will find benefits working with blooms that work well for shady spots. Most people find some work better than others. Depending on the amount of space you have to work with, the type of soil and how much sun the blooms receive will all effect the success of the project.

All of these are fairly easy to plant and take care of without costing lots of money which is always an attraction for any hobby. It is possible for all of us to have a green thumb with a little effort.



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