Flower Garden Plants for Shady Areas

TRM735 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
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
TRM412 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.
  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.
  1/32 Teaspoon Package ( 50+ seeds ) $2.15
RHC209 Goat's Beard ( Aruncus dioicus )
Perennial. Tall, graceful, robust 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.
  1,000 Seed Package $12.95
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
RHC112 Coral Bells Heuchera Purple Palace ( Heuchera x. micrantha )
Perennial. Beautiful red-purple foliage. Superb textures and colours,excellent in containers or borders, best if planted in groups with other Heucheras, Tiarellas and foliage plants. Prefers full sun or partial shade, in well drained soil or compost. Flowering time: April - July. Height and Spread: 45 x 45cm. Fully Hardy in Sheltered Gardens. Zones 3-9
  1,000 Seed Package $29.95
2488 Marbleseed Onosmodium molle
Perennial. New - Veined leaf, greenish white flower clusters in spring, likes dry area sun/shade. Grows 24 inches tall, hardy to zone 4.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RHC239 Rodger's Flower ( Rodgersia Henrici Hybrids )
Perennial. 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 3 and higher.
  Package of 250 seeds $12.95