Friday Favorites – Favorite Shade Loving Perennials

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Shade Loving Perennials Summer’s almost over and the nurseries are starting to have great sales. If you are looking to fill in a shady spot in your garden check out the following list of some of my favorite perennials that do well in the shade.

Hosta 'Blue Angel'

Hosta ‘Blue Angel’

A really large blue hosta. Gets about 4 ft tall by 4.5 ft wide. My cat loves to lounge in the shade underneath. Doesn’t seems to ever be bothered by snails or slugs.

Lamprocapnos spectabilis - Bleeding Heart

Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding Heart

This one has that airy cottage feel with sweet heart-shaped flowers in the spring. The foliage dies back in the late summer but comes back every spring.

Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum' - Variegated Solomon's Seal

Polygonatum odoratum

Variegated Solomon’s Seal. Grows nicely in a fairly dark area of my garden. The variegated leaves add a nice light to the area.

Tiarella cordifolia - Foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia – Foamflower

I love the pretty markings on the leaves that are around all season. Delicate flowers that bloom in the summer are an extra bonus.

Brunnera macrophylla - False Forget-me-not

Brunnera macrophylla – False Forget-me-not

False Forget-me-not. This one has the clear blue flowers that many of us covet. Great for filling a bare spot, volunteers in different parts of the garden and can even take some sun.


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  1. I love your shade choices!

  2. Beautiful! I love to have a beautiful yard, but I’m not much of a gardener. My favorite flowering shade loving plant is my hydrangea!

    • Yes I love hydrangeas too! Jus thought I’d throw a couple different ones out there that maybe some may have not tried. Thanks for stopping by!

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