Asters & coleus... OK, I know -- one is a sun lover and the other for shade... but because asters are late summer bloomers, it WORKED well in dappled sun with late afternoon sun. This is from my Guerilla Garden.
Forget-Me-Not. The brilliant azure blue of forget-me-nots becomes a focal point in the spring shade garden. Pair with epimediums and foamflowers or let them provide a colorful contrast with hostas and ferns. Zones 3-8, depending on variety
Shade Flowers That Will Make You Forget the Lack of Sun
No shade garden is complete without astilbe. These rugged perennials thrive in moist shade, providing you with a summer's worth of big, bold, frilly flower heads. And even when not in bloom, the plants' mounded, fernlike foliage is worth the price of admission. Heights vary by variety but most types grow 2-3 feet tall. Astilbe flowers come in white, red, pink, orange, and violet, and generally start to appear in late spring and early summer. They thrive in a rich, loose, organic soil. Zones…
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A free garden design for a perennial cutting garden. Complete with specified plants and alternaives. Many perennials will repeat flower if kept dead headed, which is exactly what a cutting garden is for. And since not all perennial flowers bloom at the same time, your bouquets and arrangements will take on a seasonal flair and provide you with ever changing variety. Here's a garden design of perennial cutting flowers you can duplicate in your own yard.
Newest Hybrids Heuchera Mix - So easy to grow and so beautiful, they’ll be a mainstay in your *shady* areas! Heuchera, also known as Coral Bells make a great ground cover, with their attractive foliage that forms tidy mounds in a variety of colors. Clouds of tiny bell-shaped flowers sparkle above the foliage in midsummer. Grows 12-18" tall, 18-24" wide. Ships in a 3" pot. Zones 4-9 Heuchera hybrida. 5 for $30. Not a native, but suited to our climate and might work in our shady backyard.