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Quick links to the shade-loving plants in our catalog

Do you have a dark spot in your garden which needs brightening up? Here are some plants which love the shade.

For gardeners who are fond of common names, we've included the most widely used common names for these plants.

Click on the name of any of the plants to view that plant's page.

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Perennials
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Alchemilla ellenbeckii    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–mid-August.
6 $7.75 SOLD OUT!
Arisaema candidissimum Photo Available   Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Pink flowered white striped Cobra Lily Blooms June–July.
6 $9.50 SOLD OUT!
Asarum caudatum    Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Western Wild Ginger Blooms April–June
7 $10.00 SOLD OUT!
Asarum caudatum f. album Photo Available Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Wild Ginger Blooms April–June.
7 $10.00
Asarum splendens Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Chinese Wild Ginger Blooms April–May
6 $10.00
Athyrium filix-femina ‘Lady in Red’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
4 $9.75
Athyrium ‘Ghost’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Ghost Lady Fern Blooms
4 $9.75 SOLD OUT!
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Japanese Painted Fern Blooms
4 $9.75
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Regal Red’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
4 $9.75 SOLD OUT!
Athyrium otophorum    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Eared Lady Fern Blooms
5 $10.00
Beesia deltophylla Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover False Bugbane Blooms May–June.
6 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Dicentra ‘Margery Fish’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May & again in fall.
5 $10.00 SOLD OUT!
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April – May.
4 $10.00 SOLD OUT!
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’ Photo Available Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Cantonese Fairy Bells Blooms April–July
AVAILABLE SPRING 2022
5 $12.00
Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
5 $9.75
Dryopteris ludoviciana    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Southern Shield Fern Blooms
6 $9.75 SOLD OUT!
Dryopteris pycnopteroides Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Japanese Wood Fern Blooms
6 $9.75 SOLD OUT!
Eomecon chionantha    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April.
6 $8.25 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms late March–May
5 $12.00
Epimedium ‘Domino’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
5 $12.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium x ‘Enchantress’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April
5 $12.00 SOLD OUT
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Dark Beauty’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms April–May
5 $12.00
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Koji’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms late March–May
4 $11.00
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Purple Pixie’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
5 $12.00
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘White Queen’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms late March–May
5 $12.00
Epimedium ‘Mandariin Star’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
AVAILABLE SUMMER 2021
5 $12.00
Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
4 $11.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
5 $12.75 SOLD OUT!
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum    Partial Shade  Shade Lover  Drought Tolerant Blooms April–May
4 $11.00
Epimedium x rubrum Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms February–March
5 $11.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium stellulatum ‘Wudang Star’  Drawing Available  Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April.
4 $12.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium x versicolor ‘Cupreum’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms April–May
5 $12.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April
5 $11.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium x warleyense ‘Ellen Willmott’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April-May
5 $12.00
Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orange Queen’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April
5 $13.00
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Merlin’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
5 $12.00 SOLD OUT!
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms April–May
5 $11.00 SOLD OUT!
Geranium x monacense ‘Claudine Dupont’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–September
6 $9.25
Geranium monacense ‘Muldoon’ Photo Available Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–August.
4 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Geranium nodosum Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms May–October.
7 $8.75
Geranium nodosum ‘Clos du Coudray’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms June–October
6 $9.25 SOLD OUT!
Geranium nodosum ‘Svelte Lilac’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms May – October.
7 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Geranium phaeum ‘Album’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–August
5 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Geranium phaeum ‘Alec’s Pink’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–August.
4 $8.75
Geranium phaeum ‘Langthorn’s Blue’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–August.
4 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Geranium phaeum ‘Lavender Pinwheel’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–August
4 $9.25 SOLD OUT!
Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms April–August
5 $9.25 SOLD OUT!
Geranium phaeum ‘Raven’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–August
4 $9.25
Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms May–September
5 $9.25
Geranium phaeum ‘Springtime’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–June
4 $9.50
Geranium phaeum ‘Walküre’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April – August.
5 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Geranium ‘Sabani Blue’ Photo Available   Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms May–June
5 $8.75
Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’ Photo Available   Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms January–March
5 $12.75 SOLD OUT!
Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms July–August
4 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Ligularia przewalskii    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms July–August.
AVAILABLE SPRING 2022
5 $8.25
Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms July–August
5 $8.75
Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Golden Creeping Jenny Blooms April–September.
5 $8.00 SOLD OUT!
Matteuccia struthiopteris Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Ostrich Fern Blooms
3 $9.75 SOLD OUT!
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii ‘Chattahoochee’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–early June
3 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Phlox divaricata ‘London Grove Blue’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April–May
4 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Phlox divaricata ‘May Breeze’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Woodland Phlox Blooms April–May
4 $8.75
Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Jacobs Ladder Blooms April–May
4 $8.25
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’  Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April – May.
4 $10.75 SOLD OUT!
Polystichum polyblepharum Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Tassel Fern Blooms
6 $8.75
Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Blaues Meer’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms February-April
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Apple Frost’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms early March–May.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Berries and Cream’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms
5 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms late February–April
4 $9.00
Pulmonaria ‘Excalibur’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–May.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms early March – April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Cevennes Lungwort Blooms March – April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Bertram Anderson’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms February–April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Majesté’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–May
4 $9.00
Pulmonaria ‘Roy Davidson’ Photo Available Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms mid-February–May.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Dora Bielefeld’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms February–April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Highdown’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Bethlehem Sage Blooms February–April.
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms February–April
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Streamers’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Bouquet’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–May
4 $9.00
Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April
4 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Rohdea japonica Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms June–July.
6 $9.00
Saxifraga stolonifera ‘Maroon Beauty’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Strawberry Begonia Blooms June–October.
AVAILABLE FALL 2021
7 $8.25
Trachystemon orientalis Photo Available   Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Oriental Trachystemon Blooms March
6 $9.00
Tricyrtis ‘Blue Wonder’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms September–October
5 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Tricyrtis ‘Dark Beauty’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms September–October
5 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Tricyrtis ‘Empress’ Photo Available Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms August–September
5 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Autumn Glow’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms August–September
5 $9.00
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms August–September.
5 $9.00
Tricyrtis ‘Hatatogisa’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms September–October.
5 $9.00
Tricyrtis hirta ‘Moonlight’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms September–October.
5 $9.00
Tricyrtis x ‘Sinonome’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms September–October.
AVAILABLE SPRING 2022
5 $9.00
Tricyrtis ‘Taipei Silk’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms September–October
5 $9.00 SOLD OUT!
Trillium albidum Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Sweet Trillium Blooms mid-March – late April.
6 $7.75 SOLD OUT!
Trillium catesbaei    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Catesby’s Trillium Blooms April–May
4 $7.75 SOLD OUT!
Trillium grandiflorum ‘Snowy White’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover White Wake Robin Blooms March–May.
4 $7.75 SOLD OUT!
Trillium luteum  Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Yellow Wake Robin Blooms April–early June.
5 $7.75 SOLD OUT!
Trillium sessile Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms April – May.
4 $7.75 SOLD OUT!
Uvularia grandiflora  Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April.
3 $8.50 SOLD OUT!

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Ornamental Grasses
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Acorus gramineus ‘Minimus Aureus’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag Blooms May–June
5 $8.25
Acorus gramineus ‘Variegatus’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant White-striped Japanese Sweet Flag Blooms May–June
5 $8.25
Carex cherokeensis    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Cherokee Sedge Blooms April–June
6 $8.00
Carex conica ‘Snowline’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Miniature Variegated Sedge Blooms May
5 $8.25
Carex elata ‘Aurea’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Bowles Golden Sedge Blooms
5 $8.50
Carex elata ‘Knightshayes’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
5 $8.25 SOLD OUT!
Carex flaccosperma    Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blue Wood Sedge Blooms May–June
5 $8.25
Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
5 $8.75
Carex morrowii var. temnolepis ‘Silk Tassel’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
AVAILABLE SPRING 2022
5 $8.75
Carex pensylvanica Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Oak Sedge Blooms May
4 $8.25
Carex pensylvanica ‘Straw Hat’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms mid April–May
4 $8.50
Carex scaposa Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Cherry Blossom Sedge Blooms mid July–August & late September
6 $8.75 SOLD OUT!
Carex ‘Silver Sceptre’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms May
5 $8.25
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Festuca ssp. ‘Eilers Beauty™’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover  New Plant Blooms May–June
4 $8.50
Hakonechloa macra    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
4 $9.25
Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Golden Hakone Grass Blooms
6 $9.25
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Golden Variegated Hakone Grass Blooms
6 $9.25
Hakonechloa macra ‘Naomi’ Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
5 $9.25 SOLD OUT!

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Ornamental Shrubs
Plant NameCommon NameNotesHardy ZonePriceOrder
Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Bicolor’ Photo Available   Full Sun  Shade Lover Blooms July – early October.
5 $11.50
Buxus microphylla japonica ‘Green Beauty’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Littleleaf Boxwood Blooms
6 $9.25
Buxus sempervirens ‘Vadar Valley’    Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms
5 $9.25 SOLD OUT!
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ Photo Available Drawing Available  Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Blooms March–April
4 $10.25 SOLD OUT!
Corylopsis spicata ‘Aurea’    Partial Shade  Shade Lover Golden Winter Hazel Blooms March–April
6 $15.75 SOLD OUT!
Euonymus fortunei ‘Wolong Ghost’ Photo Available Drawing Available  Full Sun  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Silver-Veined Wintercreeper Blooms
5 $12.25
Sarcococca hookeriana ssp. var. humilis  Drawing Available  Partial Shade  Shade Lover Dwarf Sweetbox Blooms March–April
6 $10.75
Sarcococca ruscifolia Photo Available   Partial Shade  Shade Lover Fragrant Sweetbox Blooms February–early April
7 $10.75

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Trees & Vines
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