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15 Stunning Perennials That Thrive in the Shade

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If you’re looking for some beautiful compact shade perennials, this list of stunning plants will add interest to your garden and help to keep the weeds down.

15 Stunning Perennials That Thrive in the Shade | This list of easy to grow shade perennials is perfect for ground covers under bushes or trees in your garden.

Compact shade perennials that can be planted under taller plants add interesting layers to your garden and help to keep the weeds down.

Although there are some plants that bloom brilliantly in the shade, many rely more on foliage and color variations rather than flowers to create interest.

I find that dense planting of shade tolerant perennials requires very little maintenance and minimal weeding, as long as they are adequately watered. I also amend the soil with compost and triple mix prior to planting and use a thick layer of mulch to retain moisture and restore nutrients.

Keep reading to see some of my favorite compact shade perennials that grow to be less than 18” high, and are excellent ground covers.

Want to find some taller plants that will grow in the shade? Click here to see our article on Bushes To Plant Under Trees.

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  1. DGK
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    Heuchera is my favorite shade plant and it is a native PA plant. I have all colors and blooms all summer.

    • Wanda
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      I didn’t realize Heuchera was a native plant. That makes it even better :) Thanks for the information!

  2. Dawn
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    I really like all of your articles. I have tried all the plants you recommended and most of them have done really well in a place I thought was too shady for anything to grow. Thanks so much.

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Dawn! I’m happy the plants worked out for you!

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