Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Perennial Plants For Shade - Part 3

Here's the third installment of Perennial Plants For Shade:

Amsonia. Star shaped blue flowers flower in June. I'm partial to blue in the garden. Not many shade tolerant, blue perennials flower in June. This one is a keeper.
Meadow Rue; Thalictrum aquilegifolium - great for height and textural interest. May require staking in dense shade.

Brunnera macrophylla- this is the plain green variety.
Brunnera flowers are like forget-me-nots. Real hardy and fairly drought tolerant.

Gallium odoratum; Sweet Woodruff. Great ground cover. Flowers at end of May into June. Easily controllable and favours both sun and shade. Fragrant blooms.

Rescued this Aquilegia Vulgaris 'Leprechaun Gold'; Vareigated Columbine from the left over perennials at Canadian Tire. Bought this entirely for it's spotted variegation. Has beautiful double blue flowers to boot.
Columbine have dense habit when first emerging in spring. Loose, habit once in flower. Why buy green varieties, when you can get this spotted variegation! Can seed every where. Easily transplantable.

Helleborus x Gold Series. Evergreen and one of the most beautiful flowering perennials come spring (some varieties flower in autumn).

Pulmonaria angustifolia; Lungwort. Lovely bell shaped flowers in early spring, ranging pink to blue in colour.
Great substitute for hostas.

With silvery...

...or spotted foliage. Best planted in masses.

Convallaria majalis; Lily of the Valley.  A runner, spreading quickly, but great as a ground cover. Fragrant flowers.
Still more to come....click here for part 4!

Check out previous posts: on Perennial Plants for Shade - Part 1 and Perennial Plants for Shade - Part 2


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