Shade gardens offer a reprieve from the heat of summer where you can enjoy the splendor and beauty of shade plants including hostas and ferns.  The colorful foliage offers an enticing way to bring shade areas more life and enhancement.  We offer quite a variety of shade loving plants to fill your landscape needs which will continue to astound year after year.


 Formal Name Common Name  Size  Zone  Description
Amsonia hubrichtii Arkansas Blue Star H 3', W 2-3' 8 Outstanding, fine-textured willowy foliage. Many star-shaped blue flowers in early spring. Turns gold in fall. Sun to part shade. Arkansas native.
Astilbe arendsii



3-9 Plant in partial shade with adequate moisture. Fertile, moist soil will give abundant blooms and lush foliage during the summer. The absence of moisture will result in dead plants. Excellent cut flowers.
Medium with blood red flowers. Dark green/bronze foliage. 
Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'
15"  3-9 Tall with dense, bold purple flowers. Dark green foliage.
Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink' 18-20"  3-9 Medium height with thick pink plumes. Blue-green foliage.
Astilbe japonica 'Montgomery'
24" 3-9  Medium w/ dark red flowers.  Bronze foliage.
Astilbe japonica 'Washington' 24" 3-9 Medium height with full pure white flowers.  Green foliage.
Baptisia australis Blue Indigo 3-4' 4 Spikes of indigo-blue pea-like flowers in late spring. A bonus of 3" black seed pods in fall. An unbelievably showy perennial.
Begonia grandis Hardy Begonia 15-20" 6-8 Very unique plant for the shade garden. Upper side of large leaves are velvety-green while the underside is blood-red. Upright growth habit. Pink flowers from July until frost. Plant in the shade.
Bergenia cordifolia Bergenia 12-18"  4-9 Evergreen leaves with strong stems turn burgandy in winter. Rosy-red flowers in early spring. Plant in part sun to partial shade.
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago 12" 5 Beautiful electric blue flowers bloom from July to September. Green foliage takes on reddish hue in fall. Tough and long lived. Plant in filtered sun to part shade.
Chelone lyonii
'Hot Lips'
Pink Turtlehead 24-30" 3 Each plant is loaded with rosy-pink ‘beaked’ flowers. Long blooming in late summer. Thrives in moist woodland conditions with filtered sunlight.
Convallaria majalis Lily of the Valley 8-10" 2-8 Fragrant white flowers. Low maintenance, fast growing, perennial groundcover. Spreads by rhizomes. Tulip-like leaves. Prefers moist shade but will tolerate partial AM sun.
Corydalis lutea
Yellow Corydalis 6-18" 5-7 Lacy, fern-like foliage. Yellow flowers blooming from May to October. Best performance will be in partial shade and a slightly alkaline soil. Good in rock gardens and on rock walls. Good drainage is essential.
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' Lucifer  30-36" 5-9 Intense red, long-lasting summer blooms. Good cut flowers. Broad sword-like foliage adds vertical element to the landscape.
Dicentra Luxuriant Dwarf Red Bleeding Heart 12-15"  3-9 Heart-shaped, cherry-red flowers bloom continuously from late April until October above ferny green foliage. Plant in the shade to part shade. Good companion plant with Corydalis.
Dicentra spectabilis Old Fashion Bleeding Heart 30" 3-9 Delicate, pink, heart-shaped flowers in early spring. Excellent in the shade border or as a cut flower. Foliage may die after flowering in hot-dry summers.
Dicentra x spec
'Gold Heart'
Gold Bleeding Heart 24-34" 3-9 Same heart-shaped pink flower as Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart. Bright gold leaves makes this perennial stand out in the shade garden. May go dormant in hottest part of summer.
Geranium sanguineum Bloody Crane's Bill  18-30" 3-9 Creeping geranium with purple-red flowers. Prefers shade but will tolerate morning sun. Moist, humus-rich soils will promote spread.
Helleborus Lenten Rose 12-18" 4 Dense evergreen foliage. Cup shaped flowers of white, cream, pink to purple in very early spring.
'Lime Ricky'
Lime Coral Bells  12-16" 4 Ruffled bright lime green leaves. Small white flowers. Really shows up in the shade.
Heuchera micrantha
'Amethyst Mist'
Amethyst Mist Coral Bells 10-12" 4-9 Beautiful purple foliage, overlaid with a fine haze of silver. Delicate blooms May through July.
Heuchera micrantha
'Plum Pudding Coral Bells'
Plum Pudding Coral Bells 10-12" 4-9 Shimmering plum-purple foliage. Excellent plant for a burgundy contrast in the shade to part sun. Compact growth habit.
'Queen Victoria'
Cardinal Flower 36" 3 Tall, dark maroon foliage. Long blooming all summer, if planted in light shade with adequate moisture. Bright scarlet flowers.
'Red Dragon'
Red Dragon Persicaria 24" 5 Reddish-purple green foliage on maroon-red stems. Leaves are accentuated with silvery overlay, much like Heuchera. This plant would be worth having just for the foliage color, yet it is topped with small white clusters of flowers in late summer and fall. A good substitute for Penstemon ‘Husker Red’. Plant in sun to part shade.
Polygonatun odoratum
Variegated Solomon's Seal 24-30" 3-9 Green leaves edged with creamy yellow on graceful arching stalks. Best to plant in shady, cool, moist soil. However, this is one of few plants that will tolerate dry shade. Takes 3 years to get established, but well worth the wait!
Stachys laevis
'Klaus Jelitto'
Stoke's Aster 12-14" 5 Flowers are intense royal purple. Attracts butterflies.
Tradescantia x and.
'Concord Grape'
Concord Grape Spiderwort 18" 4-9 Deep purple flowers through spring and most of summer. Flowers may take a break during hottest part of summer, but will bloom again in fall. Compact bluish-green foliage. Easy tough perennial.
Tradescantia x and.
'Sweet Kate'
Golden Spiderwort 12-14" 5 Golden yellow foliage with contrasting bright purple flowers all through spring and again in the fall. Tolerant of boggy soil. Tough showy perennial for the part shade garden.

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Hosta sp.
are an intriguing group of plants for the woodland garden. Use as ground cover or edging. Pair with astilbe, corydalis, or ferns for an enticing contrast of textures. Plant in dappled shade in moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Enrich soil with compost or aged manure before planting. Will require supplemental watering in dry weather.

 Cultivar  Foliage Color  Size  Notes


Gold Standard

Yellow Center
Dark green edge


Light yellow leaf center turns gold by summer.  Lavender flowers in mid-summer.

August Moon



Old fashioned favorite.  It outperforms most of the 'new' yellows.

Sum & Sunstance



Very large, lime green, upright lavender flowers.


Halycon Blue 20-24" Heavily ribbed, spear-shaped leaves.  Lots of violet flowers in mid-summer.
H. sieboldiana
 Blue 30-36" Heavily textured, rounded blue leaves.  White flowers.  Deep shade.
Regal Splendour Blue Center, yellow edge 30-36" Thick, frosty blue leaves with creamy yellow margins.  Lavender flowers.
Blue Angel Blue 35-40" Huge blue Hosta.  White flowers on tall scapes.
June Mostly blue.  Yellow center. 12-15" Looks like a Halycon with yellow streaks in center.


Albo-marginata Green center, white edge 18-24" Green leaves with nice white bolder.  Pale purple flowers.
Patriot Dark green center, white edge 22-27"  Lavender flowers.  Dark green leaves with wide white margins.
Aureomarginata fortunei Green center, gold edge 20-24" Deep green leaves.  Mid-summer lavender flowers.  Foliage stays nice until freeze.
Night Before Christmas White center, green edge 22-26" Pointed leaves with wide white center.  Lavender flowers.


Hyacinthia Green/Blue 15-22" Thick blue-green leaves with lavender flowers in mid-summer.

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 Formal Name Common Name  Size  Zone  Description

Athyrium anguatum rubellum

Lady in Red Fern



Looks just like a regular lady fern with a burgundy red stem. Stems contrast beautifully with lacy fronds. Full color occurs second year.

Athyrium niponicum

Japanese Painted Fern



Colorful fronds of gray-green blended with wine red. For best color, plant in bright light but not in full sun. Very striking.

Dryopteris australis

Dixie Wood Fern



One of the taller ferns. Strong fronds that don’t break easily.

Dryopteris championii

Champion’s Wood Fern



A strong grower that remains dark green, glossy and erect through the winter. New fronds are apple green and change to dark green as they mature.

Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’

Brilliance Autumn Fern



A more colorful and more brilliant form of the Autumn Fern. Young fronds are orange, then turn green in summer, then orange again in the fall. Semi-evergreen.

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern



Tall stately fronds arching out from center surround immature, dark brown emerging fronds. Prefers a constantly moist soil.

Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive Fern



Lovely deep cut fronds which die back at first frost. Will grow in still water. Lush unique fern. Sun is acceptable if kept wet.

Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon Fern



Name comes from the erect rusty brown fronds that appear in spring. Likes acid soil with constant moisture.

Osmunda regalis

Royal Fern



Leaf segments resemble the leaves of the Ash tree. Can grow in wet soil. Fall color is intense yellow. A different and unusual fern.

Polystichum polyblepharum

Tassel Fern



Very shiny symmetrical spreading crown. Semi evergreen, so it looks great for most of the year.

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