University of Illinois Extension

Perennials for Shady Sites

  • Bugleweed–Ajuga reptans
  • Snowdrop anemone–Anemone sylvestris
  • Columbine–Aquilegia x hybrida
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit–Arisaema spp.
  • Wild Ginger–Asarum canadense
  • European Wild Ginger–Asarum europaeum
  • False Spirea–Astilbe spp.
  • Japanese Painted Fern–Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’
  • Heartleaf Bergenia–Bergenia cordifolia
  • Siberian Bugloss–Brunnera macrophylla
  • Black Snakeroot–Cimicifuga racemosa
  • Lily-of-the-Valley–Convallaria majalis
  • Yellow Corydalis–Corydalis lutea
  • Bleeding Heart–Dicentra spp.
  • Foxglove–Digitalis purpurea
  • Red Barrenwort–Epimedium x rubrum
  • Ferns (various species)
  • Sweet Woodruff–Galium odoratum
  • Cranesbill–Geranium spp.
  • Lenten Rose–Helleborus orientalis
  • Coral Bells–Heuchera sanguinea
  • Plantain Lily–Hosta spp.
  • Deadnettle–Lamium maculatum
  • Lilyturf–Liriope spicata
  • Cardinal Flower–Lobelia cardinalis
  • Virginia Bluebells–Mertensia virginica
  • Japanese Spurge–Pachysandra terminalis
  • Variegated Solomon’s Seal–Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’
  • Lungwort–Pulmonaria saccharata
  • Meadowrue–Thalictrum spp.
  • Foam Flower–Tiarella cordifolia
  • Globeflower–Trollius europaeus