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All 14 Shade Perennials



All 14 Shade Perennials





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Shade Perennials

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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