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All 14 Shade Perennials


$14.95, 3 for $42.00
Cute as a button with deep pink flowers on short stems above shiny green leaves. Large blooms on petite plants provide a very showy display in early spring. Very floriferous, a one year old clump of Bergenia 'Flirt' had over thirty flower spikes. Winter foliage is clean, shiny, and almost black. Deer resistant. Grow Bergenia 'Flirt' in containers, front of border, or in mixed beds.

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Variegated leaves on a nicely compact grass-like plant. Dark green foliage edged with bright white makes this Sedge a striking addition to the shade garden. Small, cream, bottlebrush-like flowers are produced in mid-spring but are insignificant compared to the handsome foliage. Deer resistant. Evergreen in its southern range. Grow in average to moist soil. This is one of those plants we like not only for its looks, but also for its "useability". A compact, but not too small size, lets Carex 'Ice Dance' work wonderfully in containers, rain gardens, woodland areas, and borders. A slow to moderate spreader, it can also be used as a ground cover.
Bright gold spring color changes to chartreuse later in the season. This vigorous tetraploid is a sport of C. 'Cream da Mint', featuring larger flowers in May and berries in late summer. Deer resistant. Discovered by Rick Sawyer and named for the nursery where it was selected, and with memories of his friend Mildred Seaver's choice of footwear.



Yellow edged foliage accents this Lily of the Valley. Fragrant, white, bell-shaped blooms in early spring. Grow Convallaria 'Touch of Lemon' for its long season of interest. Great choice for a shade loving groundcover. Spreads by rhizomes. Deer resistant.

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Explodes with sprays of small, silvery pink flowers held well above the foliage. The leaves fan outward only 3" tall in bloom, with flower stems to 7". A second flush of leaves reaches 10". A little direct sun encourages blooms. Epimedium 'Pink Star' is fast growing with an evergreen nature.
Double, 2-3", flowers in shades of light to dark pink accented with ivory anthers. Helleborus 'Maid of Honor' is from the work of Hans Hanson; these plants have notable vigor and showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant. Hardy to the warmer half of zone 4 (Zone 4b).



Pure and simple color! Clean, clear lime green foliage with no marbling. This great mixer has a wonderful vigor and forms a dense, 10" tall clump quickly. Spring bloom with short stems of white flowers. Heucherella is a hybrid genus produced from a cross between Heuchera and Tiarella. Grow along a path, in a woodland garden, or a container.

$12.95, 3 for $36.00
Large, pendant, fragrant orange-scarlet flowers. Very floriferous, some plants can carry as many as 30 blooms. Lilium davidii is a robust growing lily that has been used to produce some of the strongest Asiatic hybrid lilies. Plants have attractive narrow leaves. Shipped bare root as bulbs in the spring.
This Japanese version of Solomon's Seal is much desired with its variegated streak, silvery leaves that reflect the white flowers. Not widely available.




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Petite and charming, this dwarf Solomon Seal is just 6" tall. Creamy white bell-shaped flowers have lower tips of green.

$17.95, 3 for $50.00
Raised center ribs of a light gray-green on bright green leaves set this Solomon's Seal into the realm of rarity. Low growing arching sprays have the typical creamy white dangling blooms, but grow Polygonatum 'Koryu' for the foliage interest.

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Profuse creamy-white flowers dangle from short arching stems in spring; they are followed by green berries that turn purple in autumn. The season ends with the foliage turning an attractive golden yellow in fall. This vigorous spreader can form a dense colony in a few years. Its leathery foliage allows it to adapt to shade to full sun, and medium moisture to dry soils. Use in the perennial border or woodland garden.




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The Japanese counterpart to our native False Solomon's-Seal, with creamy terminal clusters of flowers in spring. The blooms are borne in a short panicles composed of densely packed, tiny white flowers followed by pea-sized berries that ripen to bright red. Best used for naturalizing in a wild flower garden or near the wood's edge. Spring bloomer

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Tall, almost black stems, with green leaves, are topped in spring with large, fluffy, lavender flowers. Very showy for the back of the border. Fast growing with clump habit. Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' will grow in sun with moist soil.




All 14 Shade Perennials





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

Bergenia (Pig Squeak, Heart Leaf Bergenia)

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 and dry soils. Deer resistant.

>Bergenia Varieties

Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)

Exquisitely scented flowers have made Lily of the Valley a beloved garden plant for generations. Dainty wands of bell-shaped, sweetly scented flowers from mid to late spring. We offer unique choices of leaf color and pattern. Fertile, organic, moist soil is preferred, but Lily of the Valley also thrives in less than ideal conditions. Spreads by rhizomes, excellent to use as a shade loving groundcover. Enjoy as a petite cut flower in small bouquets.

>Convallaria Varieties

Epimedium (Bishop's Hat, Fairy Wings, Barrenwort)

Graceful spring flowers on slender stems plus elegant foliage. Able to grow in dry shade once established. Slowly spreading clumps make a refined groundcover. Deer resistant. Epimediums are an exceptional choice for the garden.

>Epimedium Varieties

Helleborus (Hellebore, Lenten Rose)

Helleborus are well loved for their long lasting early spring blooms. Their gracefully nodding or outward facing blooms come in an intriguing range of colors, from pristine white through darkest blue-plum; many have shading, picotee edges, or striking markings. They are easy to grow, long-lived, and highly deer resistant. Hellebores have handsome, deep green, leathery foliage. We offer for sale many top choices of new and distinctive Hellebore.

How to Care for Hellebores
Hellebores grow best in a well drained soil with good organic matter, adequate moisture, in part to light shade, but they will also grow and bloom in less than ideal conditions. Hellebores also tolerate heavy shade, but light to moderate shade for best flowering. Tolerant of heat and humidity, and when established, drier conditions. If the foliage becomes tattered, it can be cut back in late winter just before the new flower buds emerge.

Hellebores are wonderful growing in mixed beds and cottage gardens, or along the edge of an understory planting. When planted in groups they make a stunning groundcover. Cut a few Hellebore blooms to float in a shallow bowl to bring a welcome touch of spring indoors.

Get a head-start on Helleborus with our husky plants. We pot up our starter plants then grow them on for 2 years. We give them room for a strong root system in large, 6" wide, 6.25" deep, 2.59 quart pots.

>Helleborus Varieties

Deer Resistant

Deer generally avoid scented, fuzzy, and tough to chew plants, but there are also many other plants that they pass by. Although deer can be unpredictable, we have compiled this list of plants that they usually ignore. For a region specific list, check with your local university extension service, they often provide information about deer resistant plants.

>Deer Resistant Varieties

New for 2019

Part of the fun of gardening is trying something new! We choose our new plants for both their beauty and their good growing traits.

>New for 2019 Varieties


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

Grasses for sunny spots add graceful form and texture. 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, 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.

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

>Grasses Varieties

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