Flower Garden Plants for Shady Areas

IP218 Giant Exhibition Palisandra
Originally selected as a houseplant, Giant Exhibition Palisandra is also a fine specimen in the shade garden, and is just the right size for containers.
Soft, neatly serrated burgundy-maroon leaves are 6 inches long and up to 4 inches wide.
  10 Seed Package $2.95
IP253 Toad Lily ( Tricyrtis hirta )
Toad Lily, is perhaps best known for its unique flowers, ability to bloom in shade and late summer to early fall bloom time.
Can be used in borders, woodland gardens, shade gardens or naturalized areas. Plant in areas where they can be easily observed at close range, because the beauty and detail of the small flowers becomes lost at a distance.
Numerous orchid-like blossoms, purple spotted lilac on plants growing 30-36" tall, hardy for zones 4 and higher.
Germination: Place seeds in the refrigerator for a month (or longer) before planting. Sow the seeds onto a moist growing medium and maintain a temperature of 65-70°F until germination which takes from 4 to 6 weeks.
  5mg pack ( about 20 tiny seeds )$2.95
1A342 Shady Flower Mix
This is a wonderful mix for shady areas. Turns troublesome shady spots into beautiful patches of wildflowers that will attract butterflies and bees. A wonderful mix of flowers: Columbine, Bellflower, Shasta Daisy, Chinese Houses, Coreopsis, Monkey Flower, Forget-Me-Nots, Larkspur, Sweet William, Purple Coneflower, Baby's Breath, Candytuft, Snapdragon, Baby Blue Eyes, Poppy Mix and Johnny Jump-Up.
15g pack will cover 100 sq. ft.
  15g Packet $2.95
3551 False Solomon's Seal ( Smilacena racemosa )
This native woodland perennial is seen less in gardens than it deserves. It has very fragrant flowers from late spring into early summer, grows about 30" tall and looks wondeful in clumps. The upright, arching stems have lots of style with their broadly oval leaves and fluffy heads of fragrant creamy-white flowers in late spring, followed with large berries that turn red by fall. Slowly spreading into a widening clump, it is well behaved. Hardy and undemanding in USDA Zones 4-9.
Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  10 seeds per package $3.95
FB166 Whipcord Cobra Lily ( Arisaema tortuosum )
A very weird and unusual houseplant or conversation plant from the Himalayas. Part Sun to Light Shade, does well inside. Zone: 6-9. Here is one of the true conversation pieces of the aroid world. The thick 4' tall fleshy petiole (stalk) emerges in early June, adorned by two tropical looking palmate green leaves near the top. As the leaves unfurl, the pitcher that tops the stem opens to reveal a green jack-in-the-pulpit flower, but with a whip-like tongue that extends from the mouth of the flower upwards to 12 or more inches.
Flowers may be male or bisexual. The clustered fruits are green at first, ripening to red. The plant grows in large clumps and can be up to 5-6 feet in height.
Needs a constantly moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in partial shade and a cool spot.
  10 seeds per package $3.95
SF015 Aquilegia "McKana Giants ( Aquilegia caerulea )
Perennial. Columbines are one of the most beautiful and elegant of perennials. 'McKana Giants' are a long spurred variety, growing up to 3 ft with large blooms in a very bright range of single and bi-colours. Seen in a group these flowers look almost unreal or other-worldly. Very dramatic. The hummgbird loves this perennial which can be easily grown in sun to part shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Long flowering from early summer and onward.
Color: Wide Range   Zone: 2-9   Spacing: 24"   Height:36"   Start Seeds: Late Winter, for transplanting outside in Spring.
  25mg pack( about 35-40 seeds ) $2.15
IP247 Goat's Beard ( Aruncus dioicus )
Tall, graceful, robust perennial plant with creamy white plumes for shade, summer bloom. Plant in rich, moist soil in full sun to partial shade. Grows 4-5' tall. Flowers in summer. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Excellent background plant for shady, moist spots in the border or in a woodland, wild or native plant garden. Plant as a specimen or in groups along streams or water gardens.
  15mg pack ( about 100 tiny seeds )$2.95
D9549 Tussock Bellflower ( Campanula carpatica )
Perennial. An upright perennial growing about 16 inches tall with delightful lavender blue bell flowers all summer long. Grows in most soils and tolerates full sun or partial shade.
Color: Lavender Blue   Zone: 3-8   Spacing:Close   Height:16 inches   Start Seeds: Anytime of year inside, for transplanting outside in Spring.
  8mg Pack ( about 200 seeds )$2.50
2570 Coleus Rainbow Mix ( Coleus blumei )
Annual. Easy to grow from seed. Looking for something unusual for a shady area? Rich-colored leaves in a variety of glowing shades bring a rainbow of light to partial and full shade. Try it with, or instead of, impatiens. Old-fashioned favorite is fun to grow indoors, too. 12 in. tall. Annual. Shade. Containers.
  20mg Package ( about 40 seeds ) $2.45
2239 Echinacea Magnus ( Echinacea purpurea )
Perennial. 1998 Perennial Plant Winner. Blooms All Summer Long! Extra-large, hot-pink blooms up to 7 inches across, with petals held out flat (instead of recurved), plus easy-care and drought-tolerant. Magnus reaches 31/2 feet tall in full sun to light shade, blooms from June through September!
Color: Hot Pink   Zone:2-9   Spacing: 12"   Height:3-4 feet.   Start Seeds: Anytime of year inside, for transplanting outside in Spring.
  15 seeds $2.15
3370 Red Baneberry ( Actaea rubra )
Red Baneberry is a lovely woodland native growing 18-24 inches tall with fine-textured foliage and a light and airy texture. Its lacy leaves resemble those of Astilbe and its similar needs make it a great native substitute.
In late spring and early summer lightly scented, delicate white flowers appear above the foliage. Flowers give way to clusters of bright red berries in late summer that are attractive to mammals and many songbirds. Planted in groups, it is a lovely groundcover and it combines well with other woodland natives such as Wild Ginger and Wood Ferns.
Grow Actaea rubra in part or full shade and moist, rich soils. It will be happy in the shade of conifers or deciduous trees, but will have more flowers if morning or afternoon sun is available.
Birds that are attracted to Actaea Fruit include Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, American Robin, Gray Cheeked Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, and Grouse.
All parts of Actaea rubra are poisonous, but the taste of the berries and leaves is extremely bitter so a toxic dose is unlikely.
A perennial plant for zones 3-8.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN045 Coral Bells Heuchera Purple Palace ( Heuchera x. micrantha )
Features very large, shiny, and star-shaped leaves, ranging in color from deep olive green to purplish-bronze. Their undersides, which are quite visible in the loosely formed clumps, are a striking metallic amethyst purple. The 20 inch tall, leafed flower scapes bear an abundance of tiny cream flowers.
Coral bells are easy to grow and blend easily with most other perennials in the landscape. Because of their low, mounding habit, they are often used as edging along paths or in containers.
Excellent in containers or borders, best if planted in groups with other foliage plants. Prefers full sun or partial shade, in well drained soil or compost. Zones 3-9
  15mg pack ( about 400 tiny seeds ) $4.95
TRN020 Rodger's Flower ( Rodgersia Henrici Hybrids )
Slowly gaining popularity as a unique plant in the shade garden, used primarily as a specimen, foliage is has a coarse texture unlike many other shady perennials, does not like heavy clay soil. Bold, hardy, large fingered leaf with puffy bright pink blooms for moist areas as well. Grows 30 inches tall, hardy for zone 3 and higher.
  1mg pack ( about 25 seeds ) $2.75