5 Great Shade Garden Perennials for Your Yard

These easy-care plants are fine with partial shade.

Creating a shade garden of perennial flowers is something any green thumb can do when they know about the plants that make successful options. If you are a new to gardening, and want to try planting a garden, but only have a corner that is covered in partial shade, rest assured that you can plant an easy care garden when you ensure that you are using plants that can tolerate the conditions. Compared to full sun gardens, the perennials that live in the shade produce fewer blooms in slightly paler shades. 

Choose from any of these perennial flowers to put together a shade garden that needs little attention. 


Purple coneflowers are named for the flowers they produce: a pale purple coneflower consisting of a huge head and several dainty petals. Even in partial shade, each perennial plant can produce shoot after shoot with about five to six flowers. Give them plenty of space to fill out. 



Producing smaller and more flowers than a purple coneflower plant, the New England Aster is a compact bushy plant. This variety is native to many regions and puts out bright purple flowers towards the end of the summer, when most other shade-loving perennials have began to go entirely green. 



Because they can be found in a wide variety of growing areas, the Shasta Daisy makes a great low-light option. Their bright flowers lighten up very shady spots, but because they are in a lower-light area, they won’t produce as many blooms and they will be smaller than when they are planted in full sun. 



Bee Balm is actually an herb, but it is a perennial herb that is grown for its unique flowers and ability to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It also happens to be a favorite of bees, so plant it towards the back of a the garden bed where its height won’t be a problem and block shorter flowers.



There are so many varieties of hostas, and a lot of them are new varieties because they grow so well in the shade. Grown for their lush leaves and spikes of flowers, you can add them to create a uniform look with all green leaves, brighten up a spot with light green to white leaves or to provide flowers with blooms from purple to white. Hostas are great perennials for borders, where they can be lined. In addition, you can save a lot of money with hostas when you divide them after they have outgrown the area they are planted in. 

Previously published on The Parent Spot.

RELATED: Why You Need an Herb Garden

M Caroline Kosman is a writer and webpreneur based in beautiful Kelowna, BC, Canada, where she wrangles two feisty but sweet kids and a tech-obsessed husband. You can find her on The Parent Spot blog.