The ability of perennials to produce beautiful flowers year-after-year without much help from us is what makes them so popular amongst gardeners. Just like any other plants, different perennials have different sun exposure requirements. If you’re looking for perennials for your full shade garden, consider the following:
Hosta is easy to grow, low maintenance and shade-loving. There are many different sizes, colors, textures and leaf shapes. While beautiful all summer long, these plants are adorned with white, lavender or purple flare-shaped flowers midsummer.
Lillies of the Valley exude an extraordinarily sweet fragrance and boast small bell-shaped flowers that bloom in late spring or early summer. They are deer and rabbit resistant and, if given space, will spread throughout your garden.
Sweet Woodruff is deer and rabbit resistant and creates a very attractive ground cover in moist, shady areas. It features small, scented white flowers in late spring and summer. The aromatic intensity of sweet woodruff increases when the leaves are dried, thus it is often used in potpourris.
Ostrich Fern, aptly named for their resemblance to Ostrich plumes, are elegant and upright. Low maintenance and pest-and disease-free, they add visual interest to any garden.
Solomon’s Seal is an elegant and fragrant perennial covered with vase-shaped white flowers. In the fall the flowers give way to blue-black berries and the foliage turns a beautiful yellow.
Spotted Dead Nettle creates a beautiful ground cover with “frosted” leaves and pink or white flowers. Low maintenance and virtually pest- and disease-free, Spotted Dead Nettle is also deer and rabbit resistant.
Bleeding hearts boast arched steams, beautiful green leaves and pink and white flowers. Aptly named, these unique flowers look like hearts bleeding and they bloom for 4 to 6 weeks in late spring to early summer.