2022 Perennials for
Part to Full Shade

For greater success, add Espoma BioTone when planting your perennials.


Please note that our plants are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability.

(Proven Winner plants are noted with a PW after the plant name)

Part Sun (PS) – A greater emphasis is put on its receiving the minimal sun requirements.

Part Shade (PSH) – Should not be planted where they will get the burning late afternoon sun. Plant where it will get shaded from a tree or plant on the east side of a building.


Full Shade (SH) – Less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean “no sunlight.” There are very few plants that will grow in the dark.

Variety

Description

Exposure

Pot Size

Aquilegia / Columbine

Kirigami Deep Blue & White

Dark indigo blue outer petals and white inner petals shades. 22-24″ x 16-20″

PSH to PS

1 qt

Winky Double Blue & White

Deep blue outer petals, with a double centre or corolla in a blend of blue and white. 12 – 14″ x 12-14″

PSH to PS

4.5″

Winky Double Red & White

Double red and white flowers, blooming spring to early summer. 12 – 14″ x 12-14″

PSH to PS

4.5″

Aralia / Golden Japanese Spikenard

Sun King

Bright chartreuse foliage. 36-60″ x 36-60″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Aruncus / Goat’s Beard

Chantilly Lace – PW

A native cultivar that has creamy flower spikes, similar to Astilbe. 30-32″ x 40-48″

PSH

5″

Astilbe / False Spirea

Briadal Veil

Pure white plumes above lacy deep green foliage. 28″ x 18″

PS to SH

1 gal

Lilac Lipstick

Fluffy, lavender-pink plumes emerge in summer. 16-20″ x 16-20″

PS to SH

1 gal

Younique™ Pink

Densely packed spires of pale pink rise above foliage. 12-18″ x 18″

PS to SH

1.5 gal

Younique™ Ruby Red

Early season bloomer with upright ruby red plumes. 12-16″ x 14-18″

PS to SH

1 gal

Younique™ Silvery Pink

Petite foliage topped by bunches of fragrant, triangular, pale pink plumes in early to midsummer. 16-20″ x 16-20″

PS to SH

1 gal

Younique™ White

Showy plumes of fragrant, creamy white flowers emerge on slender, upright stems in early summer. 20″ x 20″

PS to SH

1 gal

Astilbe chinensis / Chinese Astilbe / False Spirea

Black Pearls NEW

Late-flowering variety offers mid to late summer interest. A new color for astilbe, the plant produces feathery bright purple plumes with just a hint of blue. 24″ x 20″

PS to SH

5″

Hot Pearls NEW

Late flowering variety for mid to late summer interest. Large red flower plumes. 18″ x 12-24″

PS to SH

5″

Litte Vision in Purple

Very compact plant with lavender flowers, 12-15″

PS to SH

1.5 gal

Volcano

Bright pink flower plumes. 14″ x 12″

PS to SH

1 gal

Bergenia / Pigsqueak

Miss Piggy – PW

Blooms in early spring. Bright pink flowers grow atop thick, dark green, glossy leaves. A great foliage plant after it is finished blooming. 16-18″ x 28-32″

PSH to SH

5″

Brunnera macrophylla / Siberian Bugloss

Alexandria NEW

Features brilliant mirror-silver leaves with the classic ‘Alexander’s Great’ size and vigor. Tiny clouds of sky-blue flowers in the spring float above the foliage. 14″ x 30″

PSH to SH

Jack Frost

Heart shaped silver leaves with dark green veins. Baby blue forge-me-not flowers in spring. 12-15″ x 12-15″

PSH to SH

Jack of Diamonds – PW

Heart shaped silver leaves with dark green veins. Baby blue forge-me-not flowers in spring. 14-16″ x 28-32″

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Queen of Hearts – PW

Heart shaped leaves have a silver overlay and a narrow band of dark green veining. Baby blue, forget-me-not type blossoms. 16-18″ x 28-36″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Cimicifuga / Snakeroot

Hillside Black Beauty

Upright clump of striking, dark purplish-black foliage contrasted by long, white bottlebrush blooms late in the season. 4-7′ x 3-4′

PSH to SH

Dicentra / Bkeeding Heart

Luxuriant (Fern Leaf)

This fern leaf bleeding heart has dark reddish pink, heart-shaped blooms on spreading mounds of ferny, blue-green foliage. This variety is everblooming, flowering most freely in spring and continuing throughout the summer and into fall. 12-15″ x 12-18″

PSH to SH

5″

Pink Diamonds (Fern Leaf) – PW

Two-tone pink flowers are produced above fern-like blue-green foliage all season long. 12-16″ x 16-18″

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Alba (Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart)

White old-fashioned bleeding heart has large, exquisitely delicate white heart shaped blooms. 30-36″ x 24-30″

PSH to SH

4.5″

Dicentra Spectabilis

Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart – Pink and white flowers. 30-36″ x 24-30″

PSH to SH

4.5″

Gold Heart (Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart)

Golden yellow foliage (chartreuse in more shade) with pink and white heart-shaped blooms appear in early spring. 18-24″ x 24-36″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Valentine (Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart)

Large red and white heart shaped flowers. 30″ x 30″

PSH to SH

5″

Helleborus / Christmas Rose

HGC® Jacob White

Slightly fragrant, single, pure white flowers appear earlier than most, mid November through January. 10-14″ x 10-12″

PSH to SH

.5 gal

HGC® Ice & Roses® Early Red

Deep purple flowers from as early as November. 20″ x 23″

PSH to SH

.5 gal & 1 gal

HGC® Ice & Roses® White

Flowers from December into April. The large creamy white flowers turn greenish as they fade. 13–24″ x 24″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Helleborus / Lenten Rose

French Kiss

3-3.5″ single flowers. White blooms have raspberry pink veining. Reliable evergreen perennial for the shade. 18-24″ x 18-24″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Frost Kiss Pippas Purple

Smokey pink flowers with burgundy flecking are held upright and outwards on deep purple stems. 24″ x 24″

PSH to SH

.5 gal

Ivory Prince

Rich burgundy-pink buds open to beautiful ivory blossoms which take on rose and chartreuse tones as they age. 12-18″ x 18-24″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Hosta / Plantain Lily

Autumn Frost – PW

PSH to SH

1 gal

Blue Angel

Blue Angel is a giant of a hosta! It has very large blueish green, slug resistant leaves. Blue Angel has a medium growth rate and will reach 24-30″ tall by 6′ wide. The near-white flowers bloom in mid summer on 3 to 4′ scapes. Blue Angel is drought tolerant once established. This impressive hosta makes a great specimen plant.

PSH to SH

1 qt & 1 gal

Blue Elf

Short true powdery blue leaves that are 2.5-3″ across. 12″ lavender flower spikes in midsummer. Perfect size for fairy gardens. 8″ x 12-14″

PSH to SH

1 qt

Blue Ivory

Showy sport of Halcyon, this medium sized hosta has thick, slug resistant foliage. The wide creamy white margins brighten to white by summer with blue-green centers. The lavender flowers appear on 24″ scapes in mid summer. 16″ x 30″

PSH to SH

4.5″

Blue Mouse Ears

2008 Hosta of the Year. This miniature forms a symmetrical clump of silvery-blue, gently curled leaves. The substantial leathery foliage gives it good slug resistance. It has a moderate growth rate, The lavender flowers bloom in mid summer on short scapes. 6-8″ x 12-18″

PSH to SH

1 qt

Diana Remembered

Named after the late Diana, Princess of Wales, this hosta has moderately corrugated, broadly ovate, green leaves with creamy white margins that extend all the way down to the center. The very fragant 3″ white flowers appear on 22″ scapes in midsummer. 15″ x 24″

PSH to SH

1 qt

Fire and Ice

A reverse-variegated sport of Hosta Patriot has slightly twisted leaves that feature white centers and green margins. 14-16″ x 12-24″

PSH to SH

4.5″

First Frost

A sport of ‘Halcyon’ with the same intense blue-green leaf center,. Emerges with a gold margin early in the spring, then changes to pure white later in the season. The leaves hold up well in the garden all season long until the “first frost”. Light lavender flowers appear on 28″ scapes in midsummer. 16″ x 36″

PSH to SH

4.5″ & 1 gal

Fragrant Blue

Fragrant Blue is considered to be one of the bluest hostas. It combines the fragrance of plantagenia with the blue color of sieboldiana. Fragrant Blue is a medium size hosta with chalky blue foliage that is corrugated and slightly cupped and of good substance. It will retains its blue color all season long. It is a medium sized hosta with a moderate growth rate reaching 18” tall by 30” wide. The purple flowers bloom in early to mid summer on 22” scapes.

PSH to SH

1 gal

Fragrant Bouquet

Light green leaves with wide pale cream to yellow marigins. Leaves are broadly ovate, wavy and good substance. Good slug resistance. Near white fragrant flowers on 36″ scapes in midsummer. 20″ x 36″

PSH to SH

4.5″ & 1 gal

Frosty Ribbons®

Lush green and creamy white variegated foliage that nearly shimmers in the shade garden. Dainty, pale lavender tubular flowers appear above mounds of foliage in the summer. 18-24″ x 24-36″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Great Expectations

Large, variegated, oval, puckered, basal leaves with creamy white centers and wide, irregular, blue-green margins. Leaf centers emerge gold in spring before aging to creamy white. White flowers on 24″ scapes in midsummer. Foliage mound will typically spread to 22-24” x 30-33” wide.

PSH to SH

1 qt & 1 gal

Hadspen Blue

Powdery steel blue leaves retain their color all summer long; one of the best blues ever developed. Thick, cupped, heavily textured leaves are slug resistant. Forms a nice rounded mound of foliage. 14″ x 24″

PSH to SH

4.5″

Half & Half

The foliage emerges right from the start with a pure white center and dark green margins. A third light green color rests between the center and margin. This beautiful variegation remains throughout the whole season. White scapes and white flowers grow to 18″ in mid to late summer. 12″H x 19″

PSH to SH

1 gal

High Society

A small sized hosta that is a stunning spor of June with distinct wide blue margins that have yellow centers that brighten to a creamy parchment by mid summer. The pale lavender flowers bloom on 12″ scapes in lkate summer. 8″ x 15″

PSH to SH

1 gal

June

June won the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit as well as awarded the Hosta of the Year in 2001. The oval shaped, pointed leaves, have swept blue-green margins and dappled gold-to-chartreuse centers. The leaves are are of heavy substance and are slug resistant. This is a medium-sized hosta. The pale bluish-lavender flowers appear on 20″ scapes in mid to late summer. 15″ x 20″

PS to SH

4.5″, 1 qt & 1 gal

Loyalist

Loyalist is considered one of the best white centered hostas. This reverse variegated sport of Patriot has dark green leaf margins which contrasts with the nearly pure white centers. Loyalist is a medium sized hosta with a good heavy substance, going 18” tall by 24” wide. The lavender flowers bloom in mid summer on 20” tall creamy white scapes.

PSH to SH

4.5″

Mighty Mouse

This miniature hosta opens blue-green in the Spring before turning grey green in summer. Creamy yellow edges turn creamy white. 8″ x 12″

PSH to SH

1 qt

Minuteman

Minuteman is a sport of Francee has stunning, very dark green leaves surrounded by a wide, pure white margin. It is a vigorous grower, but will take a few years to reach its mature height. This medium sized, medium grower will reach 18” x 30”. The pale lavender striped flowers bloom in early to mid summer on 24” scapes.

PSH to SH

1 gal

Munchkin Fire

Vigorous growing yellow miniature hosta. Short, narrow leaves hold their bright yellow color all season long. Lavender flowers appear above the petite habit in midsummer. 7″ x 15″ with white flowers on 20″ scapes

PSH to SH

1 qt

Pandoras Box

Miniature with blue-green margins, white centers, and green streaking between the blue and white areas. Lavender, bell-shaped flowers appear on 10-12″ scapes in early summer. 4-6″ x 5″

PSH to SH

1 qt

Paradigm

Beautiful gold leaves with streaked, blue-green margins; variegation pattern intensifies later in the spring. Leaves are of good substance and corrugated, making them slug-resistant. Clusters of very pale lavender flowers appear on 24″ scapes in midsummer. 20″ x 36″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Praying Hands

Praying Hands has upright narrow leaves which gives it an unusual look like no other hosta. Each green leaf is rolled and folded into a tube shape, displaying the prominent veins on the back of the leaf.  A thin gold margin borders the outside edge of the leaf. 2011 Hosta of the Year. A small to medium sized hosta. The upright clumps are topped with 18″ spikes of light lavender flowers.16″ x 14″

PSH to SH

4.5″ & 1 gal

Rainforest Sunrise

Rainforest Sunrise – is a sport of Maui Buttercups and was the 2013 Hosta of the Year. The heavily puckered, cup shaped leaves have gold centers and dark green margins. The centers gradually lighten as the season progresses. Rainforest Sunrise’ has a moderate growth rate, forming a clump 10″ high by 24” wide. The foliage has good substance and good slug resistance. The very pale lavender flowers appear on 18-24″ scapes in mid-summer. Rainforest Sunrise has the best color when planted in an area that receives morning sun.

PS to PSH

1 gal

Robert Frost

Robert Frost is a hybrid of Banana Sundae and Francis Williams. The blueish green leaves have creamy yellow to white margins that jet towards the middle. They are broad, oval shaped and have good substance. Robert Frost is a large hosta that will reach 23” tall by 42” wide at a moderate growth rate. The nearly white flowers appear on 30″-35″ scapes in mid to late summer.

PSH to SH

1 qt

Shadowland® Autumn Frost – PW

This striking Hosta forms a medium sized mound of showy, frosty blue leaves with extra wide, bright yellow margins. The margins lighten to creamy white and light lavender flowers are produced in summeron 12-16″ scapes. 10-12″ x 12-16″

PS to PSH

5″

Shadowland® Coast to Coast – PW

A giant clump of thick, puckered, gold leaves with wavy edges. Gold coloring becomes brighter in morning sun in summer. Pale violet flowers on 36″ scapes. 30″ x 36″

PSH to SH

5″

Shadowland® Diamond Lake – PW

This attractive hosta has heart-shaped, thick and heavily corrugated blue leaves with wavy margins. Pale lavender flowers grown on 25-28″ scapes. 17″ x 45″

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Shadowland® Empress Wu – PW

The largest known hosta. This is a massive hosta with a gigantic upright mound of huge, thick, dark green leaves. The pale reddish violet flowers bloom in early to mid summer. 3-4′ x 5-6′

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Shadowland® Etched Glass – PW

Very wide, dark green margins contrast with a bright, brilliant yellow margin. Margins have puckering when plant is mature. Near-white flowers. 18″ x 36″

PS to PSH

1 gal

Shadowland® Hudson Bay – PW

This medium sized hosta has beautifully ruffled leaves that are blue and  hold their color all season long. Lavender flowers appear on proportionate flower scapes. 14-15″ x 30-32″

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Shadowland® Seducer – PW

This hosta forms a large mound of dark green leaves with a chartreuse to gold margin and a trace of white between the center and margin. Summer heat draws out the unique coloration. Near-white flowers on 36-41″ scapes. 24″ x 36″

PSH to SH

2.5gal

Shadowland® Waterslide – PW

This medium sized hosta has beautifully ruffled leaves that are blue and  hold their color all season long. Lavender flowers appear on 17″ scapes. 14-15″ x 30-32″

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Shadowland® Whee – PW

Extremely ruffled hosta makes a distinctive specimen in shade gardens and containers. Its green leaves have cream margins which widen as the plants mature, and the leaves are of good substance, making them more slug resistant. Light lavender flowers appear on 24″ scapes in midseason. 11-18″ x 28-30″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Shadowland® Wu La La – PW

Similar to Empress Wu. Blue-green leaves have striking apple-green margins. Give the plant about 5 years to reach full maturity. Violet flowers. 3-4′ x 5-6′

PSH to SH

5″ & 2 gal

Stained Glass

Stained Glass – is a sport of Guacamole and was the 2006 Hosta of the Year. The leaves have prominent green veining with a golden centers and medium green margins. This hosta has a rapid growth rate and good sun tolerance. The foliage will display more gold if given a bit of morning sun. The very fragrant near-white pale lavender flowers appear on 30” scapes in late summer. Makes a beautiful specimen. 15” x 48”

PS to PSH

4.5″

Sum & Substance

This hosta has glossy, chartreuse, giant sized leaves that are thick textured. The bell-shaped, fragrant, pale lavender/near white flowers appear on 38″ scapes in late summer. Sum & Substance is an American Hosta Society multiple award winner, and the 2004 Hosta of the Year. Sum and Substance is a medium growing hosta that is slug proof. It makes a great specimen plant or planted in mass for large sweeping borders. This extremely large hosta that will grow 30″ x 60″

PS to PSH

1 gal

Sun Mouse

Miniature hosta with brilliantly yellow leaves. Thick, heart-shaped foliage. Lavender flowers on proportional scapes. 6″ x 12″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Victory

2015 Hosta of the Year. Shiny green leaves of good substance with yellow margins that lighten to pale yellow.  The foliage is somewhat upright early in the season, forming a broad spreading mound as the season progresses.  Light lavender flowers appear on very long, sideways arching 54″ scapes in early to midsummer. 28-32″ x 38-46″

PSH to SH

4.5″ & 1 gal

Wiggies & Squiggles

Bright yellow leaves are very long and thin with incredibly wiggly edges. It forms a low, wide habit. Leaves will be more chartreuse green in more shade: for best yellow color, plant in a site with morning sun and afternoon shade. Lavender flowers on 18-24″ scapes. 8-10″ x 24″)

PS to PSH

1 qt

Pulmonaria / Lungwort

Spot On – PW

Salmon pink buds transition to rich blue flowers. Silver speckling dusts the green leaves. Its attractive foliage can be enjoyed after the spring flowers are finished. 14-16″ x 18-20″

PS to PSH

5″

Trevi Fountain

Brightly silver-spotted beauty will give rise to profuse clusters of large cobalt-blue flowers in spring. 11″ x 25″

PS to PSH

1 gal

Twinkle Toes

Light periwinkle blue flowers. Dark green leaves; silver sprinkling. Low, mounded habit. 12-14″ x 16-18″

PS to PSH

1.5 gal

Ferns

Athyrium felix-forma’Lady in Red’ / Lady Fern

Vibrant burgundy stems have dark green fronds. 30″ x 24″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Athyrium filix-femina / Ghost Painted Fern

A deciduous hybrid (Japanese fern and Lady fern) noted for its upright silvery foliage. Vigorous and easy to grow fern with a neat, formal, upright mound of rigid, silver-green fronds with deep purple midribs. Use it in a woodland garden or paired with hostas or coral bells. Thrives in moist, shady settings. 2-3′ x 2-3′

PSH to SH

5″ & 1 gal

Athyrium niponicum / Crested Japanese Painted Fern – PW

Looks like Japanese painted fern with double crested tips. 20-22″ x 28-30″

PSH to SH

5″

Athyrium niponicum ‘Burgundy Lace’ / Burgundy Lace Painted Fern

Silvery fronds with a dramatic burgundy-purple overtone. 18-24″ x 18-24″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Athyrium niponicum pictum / Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern. Easy hardy, colorful fern that forms a compact clump. The fronds are dark green, overlaid in olive and silvery-pewter, with contrasting purple stems. 12-18″ x 12″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Athyrium niponicum pictum var. Red Beauty / Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern

Red Beauty looks like a Japanese Painted Fern with bright burgundy stems. 12-18″ x 12-18″

PSH to SH

4.5″

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Mettallicum’ / Painted Lady Fern

Metallicum is an elegant deciduous fern forming a rosette of arching, lance-shaped, fronds that are silvery gray with green highlights and burgundy veins. 12-18″ x 12-18″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Athyrium x ‘Godzilla’ / Giant Japanese Painted Fern

It forms a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights and dark purple stems. Like the Lady Fern, ‘Godzilla’ spreads slowly where it is happiest in moist, loamy soils. 3′ x 4′

PSH to SH

1 gal

Dryopteris erythrosora / Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern is an evergreen fern with striking coloration. Fronds open up bronze and turn green. 18-24″ x 18″

PSH to SH

4.5″ & 1 gal

Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’ / Autumn Fern

Bright orange fronds mature to dark green. In fall, the sori (spores) are produced on the leaves in a brilliant red. 20-24″ x 20-24″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Dryopteris wallichiana ‘Jurassic Gold’ PPAF / Jurassic Gold Wood Fern

Fronds emerge bright golden-orange, fading to bright golden yellow and green. 24 x 18″

PSH to SH

1 gal

Polystichum acrostichoides / Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern is an evergreen native fern that is a robust, leathery fern which has glossy, green fronds year-round in clusters. 12-24″ x 12-30″

SH

4.5″ & 1 gal

Polystichum polyblepharum / Tassel Fern

Tassel Fern is an elegant fern to add to a shade garden. Especially beautiful when new fronds emerge stiffly, then droop backwards to form a tassel. Beautiful in mass plantings as a groundcover. 24″ x 24″

PSH to SH

4.5″

Grasses for Part Shade to Shade

Hakonakloa macra ‘Aureola’ / Variegated Japanese Forest Grass

Variegated but nearly all yellow, the leaf blades have narrow green stripes, mostly near the margins. The cascading habit in which most of the leaves arch in the same direction, appearing much like a golden waterfall. 1-2′ x 2-3′

PSH to SH

1 qt & 1 gal

Hakonechloa macra All Gold / Gold Japanese Forest Grass

All Gold Forest Grass has graceful aching golden foliage. 12-18″ x 12-18″.

PSH to SH

1 qt & 1 gal

Hakonechloa SunFlare® / SunFlare® Japanese Forest Grass

SunFlare has chartreuse foliage with random highlights of deep crimson red. 18″ x 24″

PS to PSH

1 gal