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Shade Perennials

Outstanding new introductions, plus established favorites, will add exceptional beauty to your shady or partly shady garden. In addition to a wonderful selection of flowers, there are many with gorgeous foliage to provide season-spanning interest.

We ship well-grown, established plants. Pot size is 2.06 quart/1.95 liter, unless otherwise noted.

Astilbe (False Spirea)

Astilbe bring showy plumes of flowers to the shady garden in midsummer. Beautiful, deeply divided, ferny foliage is attractive before and after the bloom season. Spectacular planted in mass. The taller varieties make outstanding focal points. Astilbe thrive best with light shade, steady moisture, good drainage, and plentiful organic matter to enrich the soil. Very attractive as part of a mixed shade planting or in containers. Deer resistant.

>Astilbe Varieties

Athyrium (Lady fern, Fern)

A diverse group of hardy ferns displaying a broad range of attractive foliage ranging from the stunning silvery and highly colored forms of the Japanese Painted Fern to the numbered and unusual forms of the Lady Fern, many of which were treasured during the Victorian era. All are tolerant of heat and humidity enabling them to be successfully cultivated over much of North America. They thrive in organically rich, moisture retentive soils which periodically can be enhanced with a dressing of leaf mold or compost. These are outstanding additions to any shaded border or woodland garden.

>Athyrium Varieties

Bergenia (Pig Squeak)

Bold, semi-evergreen groundcover with thick, leathery, glossy leaves that turn shades of reddish purple in fall. Clustered, bell-shaped flowers bloom in late spring. Prefers part shade to full shade, and organic, moisture retentive soil, but is tolerant of poorer soils.

>Bergenia Varieties

Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss)

Brunnera is a woodlander of distinction with striking, handsome foliage. Sprays of vivid blue forget-me-not-like flowers bloom above the foliage mound in spring. When planted in mass, these superb plants create a fantastic ground cover. They prefer organic soils with steady moisture in shady areas.

>Brunnera Varieties

Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)

A beloved garden plant for generations, Lily of the Valley, is appreciated for the beauty of its foliage and exquisitely scented flowers. Tough, leathery, upright lance-shaped leaves exhibit an interesting range of textures combined with dainty spikes of pendulous, normally white or pale pink bell-shaped, sweetly scented flowers from mid to late spring. Flower size varies according to variety. The ideal fertile, organic, moist soil produces a vigorously spreading groundcover. Enjoy its unique fragrance as an indoor cut flower.

>Convallaria Varieties

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Dicentra is a beloved, easily grown, spring bloomer with heart-shaped pendant flowers of pink or red and fern-like foliage in soft green. In some selections, the leaves will fade away in the heat of summer as the plant goes dormant; some selections will rebloom into fall. Dicentra thrives in moist, rich soils with partial shade.

>Dicentra Varieties

Epimedium (Barrenwort)

Graceful spring flowers on slender stems, unique foliage that forms interesting combinations with other shade plants and is of a size to create a perfect bridge between the heft of hosta and the fine texture of ferns, plus the desirable ability to grow in dry shade once established; these features and more make Epimediums an exceptional choice for the garden.

>Epimedium Varieties

Hakonechloa (Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass)

Hakonechloa has beautiful, flowing foliage and the ability to thrive in shady locations - rare among grasses. This grass is a slow spreading, clump-forming perennial that prefers organic, moisture retentive soil. Effective as a single specimen, planted in groups, or in containers. Stunning when used to line pathways or cascading over a retaining wall or stonework.

>Hakonechloa Varieties

Helleborus (Lenten Rose, Hellebore)

Helleborus are wonderful in shady mixed beds and cottage gardens, or along the sunny edge of an understory planting. They are well loved for their early spring blooms, easy to grow, and deer resistant. They are tolerant of less than ideal conditions, but look their best in a soil with good organic matter, adequate moisture, and part shade. When established they tolerate dryer soils, they will also tolerate heavy shade but blooms will be reduced.

>Helleborus Varieties

Best Sellers 2014

Most popular with our customers! It is always interesting to see what plants other enthusiastic gardeners choose most frequently. Some best sellers are new this year, some are returning favorites, but each has something special to offer in your garden.

>Best Seller 2014 Varieties

Good for Cut Flowers

Cut blooms in the cool of the day. Do not cut more than one third of a plant's stems and foliage, leave plenty to nourish the plant for future growth. Re-cut stems at an angle just before putting in a vase. Make the fresh cuts under water for best water uptake. Change water in the vase frequently.

Experiment and have fun: store-bought blooms need to withstand storage and shipping, but home gardeners can use almost any flower for bouquets.

>Cut Flower Varieties

New in 2014

We are happy to offer our customers new plant varieties including many that are exclusive to Song Sparrow or extremely difficult to locate. Our selections are based upon many outstanding features including flowers, foliage, form, and extended seasonal interest, combined with ease of culture. We hope you enjoy these selections!

>New in 2014 Varieties

Only Available on the Web

We have many more plants than we are able to fit into our catalog! Please browse here to see the plants that are listed only online and to find new items that have been added through the year.

>Only Available on the Web Varieties

Ferns

These tough, long lasting, easily grown plants play an essential ornamental role in shade gardens. Ferns exhibit an incredible range of spectacular foliage with both evergreen and deciduous representatives. Magnifcent in combination with Hosta, Pulmonaria, Brunnera and Heuchera. Select a cool location with a well-drained but moisture-retentive organic soil for best results.

>Fern Varieties

Grasses

Grasses are a versatile group with selections for sunny or shady areas.

Grasses for sunny spots add lovely arching forms to the flower and shrub border. They range in height from tall, back of the border plants to smaller varieties for the front edge of a planting. They can add fine linear texture, dramatic height, color that changes with the seasons, or decorative seedheads that sway in the slightest breeze. Many of the varieties we offer are selections of native grasses known for their beauty, toughness, and, when established, their drought tolerance. They complement each other when planted in groups, and also are wonderful with Echinacea, Salvia, Veronica, and other sun lovers.

Grasses for shady areas add a flowing, graceful touch to borders and containers. We offer choice varieties of the shade grass Hakonechloa, known as Japanese Forest Grass. Their slim, linear foliage looks great with the broad leaves of shade lovers such as Hosta and Heuchera. They add a finishing touch along the shady side of a shrub border, and look especially lovely growing near the base of Japanese Maples and Tree Peonies. They prefer a loamy, compost-enriched soil. In the northern parts of their range, provide them with mulch in winter.

Leave grasses in the garden for fall and winter interest, cut back in early spring to make room for new growth.

>Grass Varieties

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