10 Perfect Perennials for Shaded Areas


Columbine features stunning blue bell-shaped blossoms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, adding beauty and pollinators to your garden.

Aquilegia Varieties

While native species exist, most available plants are Aquilegia vulgaris cultivars. Colors vary widely beyond the common blue.

False Spirea

Astilbe, or false spirea, blooms in pink, red, purple, and white in late spring and early summer. It thrives in partial shade but tolerates full shade and sun, requiring frequent fertilization and moist conditions.

Woodland Phlox

Woodland phlox, native to North America, is a shade-tolerant plant with rounded green leaves and tall stalks producing blue or white flowers.


Barrenwort is a slow-growing ground cover that adds color and visual interest to gardens with its bright blue flowers and foliage that matures to deep green.


Primroses, one of the earliest blooming spring flowers, are bright shade-loving plants. The name "primrose" comes from "primula," meaning "little first one" in Latin.

Siberian Bugloss

This clump-forming perennial brightens shaded areas with blue flowers and heart-shaped dark green leaves, blooming from April to May.

Virginia Bluebells

Native to the Eastern US, Virginia bluebells are low-maintenance perennials with flowers ranging from pink to blue. They start growing in late winter with pale green leaves and blue tubular flowers.

Spotted Dead Nettle

The spotted dead nettle features pink flowers and spotted silvery leaves, making it a popular ground cover in challenging areas.


Goatsbeard adds height and lightens dark garden areas, growing up to six feet tall with a shrublike habit.