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8 Beautiful Shade Perennials to Combine With Spring Bulbs

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Looking for some plants that will grow in the shade and help to hide bulb foliage? This list of shade perennials to plant with spring bulbs is perfect!

Looking for some plants that will grow in the shade and help to hide bulb foliage? This list of shade perennials to plant with spring bulbs is perfect!

Last fall I planned for a riot of spring bloom in the flower beds around my new deck by planting a myriad of spring flowering bulbs like tulips, iris reticulata, daffodils, and alliums in shades of blue, purple, purple-black, pink and white.

Because of the bushes that are planted around the deck, there is limited sunlight in that area after their leaves come out. Since most spring flowering bulbs need full sun, I chose (with the exception of the alliums) to plant early to mid-season blooming varieties that will be finished blooming before they become engulfed by shade.

Then I needed to find some companion plants for the spring bulbs that will fill in the spaces and camouflage the bulbs’ foliage after their blooms are spent. And they needed to flourish in the shade under those bushes.

Keep reading to find some of my reliable familiar choices, as well as a few new introductions that I tried for the first time. (I am a plant junkie and am always trying new cultivars!)

Hint: If you buy small plants, you’ll be able to fit them between the bulbs without disturbing them.

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4 Responses

  1. Ida
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    excuse me, but it is spelled hellEbore

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Ida…you are right! Not sure how I missed that one :)

  2. Ivory
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    Fabulous plants that love shade. Thank you fr this post, because I am often looking for beautiful shade loving plants. Thanks to you I know of some.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Ivory…I have a lot of shade in my garden, so I’m always looking for shade loving plats, too :) I’ll be updating the list as I find more.

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