For many people perennials are a great way to accomplish a certain look they want for their yard and garden. One area of the yard that many people have a hard time with is the shady areas. There are plants that thrive in such conditions and one form of these are the shade perennials. These types of perennials will grow from two to four years before they need to be replaced and grow well in shady areas of the yard. If they receive to much sunlight they will have a hard time growing and may even die.
Lavender is considered one of the most beautiful of the shade perennials. Lavender is known for its beautiful flowers that can be any color of the rainbow. It also grows lush green stems that make a striking backdrop for the flowers. As with all shade perennials, Lavender needs to be planted in rich and moist soil. It also needs regular attention and watering. In fact if kept constantly moist Lavender can be kept in the more sunny areas of the yard. At its mature height it will grow to 15 to 20 inches tall.
Bleeding heart is another favorite plant for the perennial gardener. Its well known look is familiar to many people, even if they do not know what it is. The name bleeding heart describes the unique flowers, which resemble tiny pink or white hearts with drops of blood at the bottom. These particular perennials love the shade and moist soil conditions. Unlike Lavender the Bleeding Heart must be protected from direct sunlight.
Blue Bells are another favorite among perennial gardeners. They can grow up to 36 inches tall and bloom beautiful baby blue flowers. Blue bells are much like Lavender in that they can grow in partial shade with some direct sunlight.
Last on our list of favorite shade perennials is the Shasta Daisy. Growing up to 36 inches tall a Shasta Daisy is known for its beautiful white petals that are truly eye catching in the shady part of any garden.
These are but a few of the many shade perennials that will add color and life to any shady yard or garden. They do take a bit of work but if kept properly maintained with moist rich soil and plenty of water they will come back year after year.