Spring: Anemone, Barrenwort, Bergenia, Bleeding Heart, Brunnera, Columbine (pictured), Foam Flower, Lenten Rose, Lungwort, Rhododendron, Azalea
Summer: Astilbe, Bugbane, Coralbells, Hosta, Ligularia, Spiderwort, Hydrangea
Fall: Japanese Anemone, Toad Lily, Hydrangea
Foliage color change can add seasonal interest, too. Mukdenia, Oakleaf Hydrangea, and some Astilbe all turn to vibrant reds in the late summer and fall.
These are some of our favorite flowers for shade, but not all of them will work at every site. Keep an eye out for wet or dry spots in your landscape. Watch how the sun moves throughout the day, and take note of sunny or especially shady patches. Snap some photos on your phone, take a few measurements, stop by and see us. Our perennial experts are happy to help you design a shady retreat with plenty of personality and color.