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Electrify the darkest corners of your landscape with shade-loving perennial flowers. Here are some of our top picks for 2014.

The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014

Electrify the darkest corners of your landscape with shade-loving perennial flowers. Here are some of our top picks for 2014.

.Gazebo LOVELY UNDER TREE, THE PATH, THE FLOWERS ..SO NICE

Shade Garden Ideas

Get landscaping ideas for areas of your yard that don't see full sun.

Annabelle hydrangea and Hakone Japanese Forest Grass in a Toronto shade garden by garden muses, a Toronto gardening blog.

A shade garden in Toronto

Why I love Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra "Aureola") It's been a topsy-turvy kind of summer so far in Toronto. We're experiencing cooler temperatures now, mercifully, after being blasted with humidex readings of over 40 over most of a week. Not very comfortable working conditions! So when you're able to work in the shade during a heatwave and the scene looks like this below, it's really not too bad. I first posted about this shade garden in a post titled "Green is a colour too, in…

Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, 3-5 feet tall, lavender or blue flowers and silvery foliage, aromatic leaves are oblong, deeply cut along the edges. Foot-long panicles of flowers bloom for many weeks. Excellent drainage and full sun are ideal, very light shade is tolerated. Plant close to avoid staking since the tall plants tend to flop.  Good for back of flower bed.  Zones 4-9.

Russian Sage

With its tall wispy wands of lavender or blue flowers and grey-green silvery foliage, Russian sage, a hardy perennial, is a great addition to a garden as it can act as a specimen plant or provide great contrast to other plants with its texture and color.

Orange Marmalade Hosta - One of the only orange hostas; it will make your shade garden really stand out!

Orange Marmalade Hosta - One of the only orange hostas; it will make your shade garden really stand out!

'Rosea' is the one shamrock plant that will survive zone 5 YEAH!!!! it flowers twice a year too!

Oxalis crassipes Rosea

Oxalis crassipes 'Rosea' is an amazing bulbous perennial that produces a 10" tall x 1' wide perennial clump of trifoliate green leaves topped with hundreds of small pink flowers. In cool climates, the flowering starts in early May (NC) and continues until frost but in hot summer climates, the plant goes dormant once the weather warms and remains dormant until the weather cools in fall and flowering resumes.

Planting Tuberous Begonias | Garden Bulb Blog: Flower Bulbs & Gardening Tips

Planting Tuberous Begonias - Bulb Blog | Gardening Tips and Tricks | Learn Planting Techniques | Bulbs and Perennial Information

Brilliant Begonias! The next type of spring-planted bulbs we’re going to focus on is the Tuberous Begonia. Known for their wonderful ability to grow in the shade, small habit and lush green foliage, these tubers make great addition to shady gardens and borders. In this article, we’ll review the advantages of using these beauties in your garden, as well as...Read More

Shade gardens | Astilbe hybrids    Feathery, plumelike flowers have an airy quality; they come in shades of pink, salmon, lavender, red, and white above fernlike foliage.    A mainstay of shaded perennial borders, they’re also great beside garden pools, along shaded paths, and in pots. Give them moist, rich soil.

Shade Plants: Make Low-Light Gardens Pop With Color - Sunset

Lack of light doesn't have to hurt your garden—lots of flowers love the shadows. Grow these shade plants for pops of color everywhere.

Alyssum - A short, fragrant mass of tiny flowers, often white or purple. It takes partial shade to full sun (read the plant label). Plant this anywhere you want a frothy, low-growing carpet to edge flowerbeds, ramble around rocks, border a flowerbed, or fill in around other plants.

Alyssum - A short, fragrant mass of tiny flowers, often white or purple. It takes partial shade to full sun (read the plant label). Plant this anywhere you want a frothy, low-growing carpet to edge flowerbeds, ramble around rocks, border a flowerbed, or fill in around other plants.

Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests  One of the biggest issues we face as gardeners or horticulture experts is the concept of insect contr...

Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests One of the biggest issues we face as gardeners or horticulture experts is the concept of insect contr...

'Walther Funcke' achillea (yarrow)

Achillea Walter Funcke -- Bluestone Perennials

Achillea Walter Funcke - Common name:Yarrow, Sneezewort - A multitude of brick-red flowers age to rusty terracotta copper orange, then creamy yellow on each plant. Fragrant silver-gray foliage on this upright grower complements the showiness of Walter Funcke. This easy care selection will add interesting color contrast when paired with ornamental grasses. Road salt tolerant.

Astilbe (False Spirea): a genus of 18 species of rhizomatous flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae, native to mountain ravines and woodland in Asia and North America.[2] Some species are commonly known as false goat's beard, and false spirea.  These hardy herbaceous perennials are cultivated by gardeners for their large, handsome, often fern-like foliage, and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They are widely adapted to shade and water-logged conditions. They tolerate clay soils.

Astilbe (False Spirea): a genus of 18 species of rhizomatous flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae, native to mountain ravines and woodland in Asia and North America.[2] Some species are commonly known as false goat's beard, and false spirea. These hardy herbaceous perennials are cultivated by gardeners for their large, handsome, often fern-like foliage, and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They are widely adapted to shade and water-logged conditions. They tolerate clay soils.