Shade perennial gardens.
Adding colour to your shade gardens with perennials and brightening the darker areas in your yard.
I love perennials; you can plant them and enjoy their beauty all season without a lot of fuss.
Perennials in containers are a great focal point on a deck or patio. So why not use them for shady areas too.
If you have a covered gazebo or deck that gets very little sun you can have a few containers of perennials sitting around to brighten up the area.
Any of the perennials that you put in the ground can be used in containers.
To over winter them in pots, put them somewhere out of the wind so the roots don’t dry out and wrap the pots in burlap for some extra insulation.
I have many plants in pots that I over winter and as long as they don’t dry out they come back in the spring.
If that sounds like a lot of work, you can just treat them as annuals and throw them away at the end of the season. Replacing them each spring gives you, new and exciting shade perennial gardens.
If you think that bees, butterflies and other pollinators are only attracted to sun loving plants than think again.
They are attracted to the colours of the blooms and if a pollinator is flying by a perennial in shade it will stop and visit it.
Here are some examples of the flower colour that pollinators are attracted to:
Bees are attracted to blues, purples, whites and yellows.
Butterflies like whites, pinks, purples, reds, yellows and oranges.
Hummingbirds are more attracted to reds but also like yellows, oranges, pinks and purples.
If you want to attract pollinators to your shade garden there are a lot of perennials you can use. Just remember to think of the colour of the flowers.
Here are a few perennials you can add to your shade perennial garden:
These are just a few shade perennials that pollinators will visit in shade.
There are numerous shade loving perennials that will add colour, style and texture to your garden.
Below I have listed the ones that I offer in my plant nursery. They will bloom great in shade and are low maintenance plants.
Shade Perennial Garden Clean Up and Pruning
Cleaning up and pruning your perennials needs to be done in order to keep them free of pests and diseases and stops them from spreading.
Plus it makes the garden look a lot cleaner.
Cutting back the perennials in fall is great for a cleaner looking garden but you will lose any winter interest the plants will give.
Leaving the foliage on until spring will also help with food and shelter for wildlife.
However, there are a few perennials that should be cut back in fall to stop the spread of diseases.
Below is a list of which plants should be cleaned up in fall vs. which should be cleaned up in spring.
Late Fall / Early Winter Clean up
Spring Clean Up
This is a good list to start with. If your perennial isn’t listed here you can make your own judgment. If it looks like it has a fungal disease or decaying badly you can cut it back in fall.