Rick’s Picks for Shade

Rick's Picks for Shade

Rick’s Picks for shade include old fashion favorites like astilbe and hostas as well as newer varieties of shade tolerant plants like certain coral bells which can handle our summer heat and humidity. Most shade loving plants can tolerate, and some even prefer, a few hours of morning sun.

 Anemone Honorine Jobert

Anemone Honorine Jobert

Lovely single-white flowers with striking yellow centers are held on long strong stems that make them perfect for cutting. Easy to grow and vigorous. Blooms late summer into fall so great for late season color.

 Aralia Sun-King

Aralia Sun King

This hardy, but tropical looking perennial brightens up the shade garden. Large bright gold leaves and tiny white flowers that produce purple-black berries in the fall. 3 ft. tall and deer resistant.

 Astilbe Visions

Astilbe Visions

Raspberry pink plumes are sweetly fragrant with a dense pyramidal shape. Green leaves with a course texture forms a robust clump. The Visions series displays good heat and humidity tolerance. A staple shade garden plant.

Dicentra Valentine

Dicentra or Bleeding Heart Valentine

Bright red Heart-shaped flowers with a white tip dangle from reddish arching stems. Quickly forms a robust clump of attractive foliage. 30 inches

 Autumn Fern

Dryopteris or Autumn Fern Brilliance

Lustrous young orange fronds light up against the glossy deeper green color of the mature fronds. Best golden color with a bit of morning or late afternoon sun. Very pretty in the shade garden. 18-24 inches

 Hellebore Ivory Prince

Helleborus or Lenten Rose

Lenten Rose  is a lovely, underused shade plant or ground cover. One of the few truly evergreen plants remaining attractive all winter. Thick leathery leaves have beautiful rose shaped flowers early in the season, around Lent. Blooms right up until early summer. 10-12 inches and deer resistant.

 Hosta 'Rainbow's End'

Hosta Rainbow’s End

Shiny, bright yellow leaves of good substance have dark green margins. Centers turn creamy white in summer. Showy red stems have dark lavender flowers midsummer. 12 inches.

Hosta Patriot

Hosta Patriot

One of the most popular hostas of all time. Dark green leaves with wide crisp white margins Can tolerate some sun. Lavender mid-summer flowers. 22 inches.

 Lamium Beacon Silver

Lamium or Dead Nettle Beacon Silver

This ground cover with heart-shaped silver leaves and thin green margins really brighten up the shade. Pink flower appear in late spring and last for several weeks. Beacon Silver may melt down in extended hot summer weather but perks back up in fall. 4-8 inches tall.

 Tradescantia Concord Grape

Tradescantia or Spiderwort Concord Grape

Triangular concord grape blossoms begin in early summer and flower up to 8 weeks. Frosted-blue foliage remains clean and compact all season. 5-18 inches tall.

Tiarella Cutting Edge

Tiarrella or Foamflower Cutting Edge

Serrated, deeply lobed leaves with dark burgundy centers and a nice rounded habit. Creamy white spring flowers. Clumping habit that does not run in the garden. Foamflower can tolerate more shade and moisture than coral bells. 8-10 inches.


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