Top five shade Perennials


Ajuga is best for ground cover because of its attractive foliage that comes in green, pink, purple, brown, black and variegated with purple blue flowers for a short time in the spring. They only grow to about 6” tall and spread across the ground.


The blooms of Astilbe remind me of feather plumes and add a ton of spectacular color to your shade garden coming in shades of pink, red, burgundy, white and lavender. The foliage is defined by it’s fine delicate lines and their waxy leaves.

Bleeding Heart / Dicentra

Bleeding Heart gets its name for the shape of its bloom that looks like a heart that has opened up and has a drop coming out of it. The most common bloom color is pink but is also available in white.

Coral Bells / Heuchera

Heuchera (Coral Bells) – are grown for their evergreen-like foliage providing color literally all year round. Their fabulous foliage comes in a wide range colors like silver, black, red, orange and marron.


Hostas are the quintessential shade perennial and can be the focal point of your shade garden. They come in petite varieties and others can grow up to six feet wide. They come in green, blue, white, chartreuse, gold and variegated colors.