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Plants for Shady Areas

Are you looking to grow something on the north side of your home or under a heavy tree or shrub canopy? You have come to the right place, this page is filled with our favorite shade-loving and shade-tolerant plants. There's plants for most any spot: coral bells with with foliage from the palest green to the nearly black, hellebore with flowers in all shades of the rainbow and our favorite hostas.

New shade plants for 2013: Heucherella Solar Eclipse, Heuchera Paprika, Helleborus 'Red Sapphire', and Helleborus Merlin'.

Many plants will grow in the shade, even coneflowers and daylilies! Some of the sunloving varieties will let you know they'd rather be in the sun by growing leggy, leaning over and sometimes even showing you what a severe case of mold and mildew looks like (it's not pretty). Check out our selections to add color and interest to that shady spot in your garden.
See our shipping page for dates to your area or give us a call and check back as we are adding plants and updating the pages.
All our Hosta are virus indexed negative.

Sizes are listed as 'starter-size', '4-inch pot', 'quart', etc. The size refers to the size of the rootball and is not an indication of the amount of top-growth. Many perennials will be dormant during the winter and ship with very little foliage in early spring.
Hellebore ship bare-root. Click here to see picture of sample plants:
Ladies Series - Winter Jewels Series

Here's examples of our sizes. Picture was taken in July and shows coneflowers. We do not ship plug sizes.

We recycle and reuse plastic pots, most of our plants will ship in a plantable paper sleeve made from biodegradable newsprint.


Click picture to enlarge
Hosta 'American Hero'
Like the soldiers we are honoring, this is a tough, durable hosta that reliably displays strong, bold variegation all season long. The thick leaves form a very dense clump, and as the plant matures they become somewhat twisted. Lavender flowers top the clump in midsummer.


Zones 3 - 9, Mature height 18-24 inches. Prefers partial shade

One mature division, 3 eyes minimum
Available
$7.50
Hosta 'First Frost'
Intense blue-green leaves with gold margins that turn pale white. The foliage holds until the first frost and the plant produces light lavender flowers in mid-summer

Zones 3-9, Mature height 18-20 inches. Prefers partial shade

One mature division, 3 eyes minimum
Available
$7.50
Hosta 'Winter Warrior'
Dark green rounded leaves of 'Winter Warrior' are margined with a lightly rippled wide creamy-white margin. Near white flowers with striped lavender intervening open in early summer.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 18-24 inches. Prefers partial shade

One mature division, 3 eyes minimum
Available
$7.50
Hosta 'Blue Angel'
This slug resistant variety sports deep blue-green leaves that are heavily corrugated. Prized for its dramatic flower show, Blue Angel produces dense clusters or near white blooms from late June to late July.


Zones 3 - 9, Mature height 30 inches. Prefers partial shade

One mature division, 3 eyes minimum
1 Available
$9.50
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red'
There's lots of japanese painted ferns - but this variety deserves the golden crown. Spring growth of broad silver leaves traced and flushed with wine red down the center, followed by strong foliage that stands up to heat and humidity. Forgiving of drought once established, a very vigorous grower, clumping and not invasive.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 18-24 inches. Prefers partial to full shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Available
$7.50
Begonia 'Metallic Mist' PPAF
Heavily silvered, maple-like leaves on a ZONE 6 HARDY Begonia. Vigorously grows to form a striking 18" tall specimen. Pink flowers in late summer extend the show. A breeding breakthrough!

Zones 7 - 9, Mature height 18 inches, mounding habit. Prefers partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Only 2 left
$7.50
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Heuchera Bargain Bin
Love heucheras and don't care what their name is or loose the tags anyways in a year or two?
How about a surprize? We'll pick 3 plants send them without tags.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height varies 1 to 2 feet

3 plants, size varies
Available
$10.00 
Heuchera villosa 'Caramel' PP16560
The first in a group of H. villosa hybrids from Thierry Delabroye of France, discovered by his wife, Sandrine. 'Caramel' is a robust grower with fuzzy, bright yellow-orange leaves and purple-red undersides. It has a fabulous compact habit, forming a tight mound and looks great in containers or as edging.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
Available
$8.75 
Heuchera villosa 'Stainless Steel'
Each new leaf is almost completely silver, except for a thin tracery of dark veining.
As the leaves mature, the veining becomes much more pronounced and the overall effect is a cooling, sea foam green that will brighten up any shady spot.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 10-12", shade to partial shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
Available
$8.95 
Heuchera 'Frosted Violet' PP 15085
A vigorous, widely clumping heuchera with broad leaves. This one seems to glow from a distance! The new leaves are deep maroon-purple, while the older ones are deep plum purple with darker veining. The fine hairs which cover the leaves catch the light, giving them a "frosted" appearance.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Miracle' PPAF
During the cooler weather of spring and fall, the foliage is a fantastic shade of brick red with bright chartreuse to gold edges and silvered undersides. During the warmer months of summer, the red pigments lighten and the leaves turn green.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Out of Stock
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Mocha'
'Mocha' is the largest, darkest-leaved heuchera we've ever seen! The young leaves are bronze-purple with royal purple undersides, while the mature leaves are very dark purple (almost black) and can grow larger than one's hand. You have to see it to believe it!

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
2 Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Paprika'
You like it hot, hot, hot? Then 'Paprika' is a must! Large, warm, glowing cherry-coral foliage could stop a Mack truck. The color changes from a bright red orange in the early spring to rose orange in the summer and back to red orange in the fall.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 8 to 12 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Out of Stock
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Pinot Gris'
The young leaves of 'Pinot Gris' are ginger color with a light silver overlay and rounded lobes. As they mature, the leaves turn smoky rose with a heavy silver overlay and deep purple undersides. It is very unique! !

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
1 Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Pinot Noir'
'Pinot Noir' produces large, very deep black-purple leaves in spring. As they mature, they develop a silver overlay with an extensive network of black-purple veins showing through. The contrast is very eye-catching.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
4 Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Pistache'
'Pistache' is a robust grower with large, light lime green to chartreuse-yellow leaves depending on the sun exposure. The color is a perfect foil for blue hostas or purple-leaved heucheras. However, since the leaves are so light in color, this variety appreciates more shade than some of the other villosa hybrids.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
2 Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Raspberry Ice'
A "sister" of H. 'Silver Scrolls', this new selection has intrigingly patterned leaves with the look of stained glass. They range in color from deep olive green to plum purple, all with a heavy metallic silver overlay and burgundy undersides.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Southern Comfort'
Huge cinnamon-peach leaves and a lush habit. This plant makes a bold foliage statement. Creamy white flowers erupt in late summer. Foliage color changes from cinnamon peach to burnished copper to amber. Bred to do well in Southern humidity, the Midwest, the Northeast or in the Northwest.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
Temporarily out of Stock
$9.75 
Heuchera 'Tiramisu'
The foliage of Tiramisu is chartreuse with deep plum red veining that fades to amber in the heat of summer, but returns to deep red in the Fall. 'Tiramisu' has a compact and round habit, so it looks full in containers and suppresses weeds as a groundcover. Unique and gorgeous!

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Available
$8.75 
Heuchera 'Velvet Night'
'Velvet Night' has 7" plush, slate black leaves with complex metallic purple overlays. It's foliage is actually velvety to the touch and looks luscious.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 8 to 12 inches, partial sun to full shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Sold Out
$5.00 
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse'
Spectacular leaves of red brown are bordered in lime green, combine this with a beautiful mounding habit and broadly scalloped leaf edges and it's a 4 season wonder for moist and shady spots.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 10 to 14 inches, partial sun to partial shade

One (1) Plant, Pint
Out of Stock
$9.95 
Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'
Huge cinnamon stars are surrounded by the loveliest orange tea colored borders. An instant classic for containers and garden, undeniably the most intensely colored Heucherella ever! The big, palmately cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 16 to 20 inches, sun to partial shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
4 Available
$9.95 
Tiarella Appalachian Trail
Tiarella 'Appalachian Trail'
A lovely, rapidly trailing groundcover which sports numerous branches. Well marked, somewhat heart shaped leaves have a large splatter pattern.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 3-5 inches, partial sun to shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
6 Available
$9.95 
Tiarella 'Cascade Creeper'
Vigorous and beautifully marked, 'Cascade Creeper' is carefree and tolerates both moist and dry shade. Use as a ground cover and to add interest to any shady hanging basket or planter.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 3-5 inches, partial sun to shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
4 Available
$9.95 
Tiarella 'Pacific Crest'
Looking for a great non-climbing Ivy replacement? 'Pacific Crest' will fill the spot. The leaves are glossy as well as being cut and well marked and it has an excellent trailing habit

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 3-5 inches, partial sun to shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
4 Available
$9.95 
Tiarella 'Happy Trails'
‘Happy Trails’ has a profusion of runners and charming small rounded lobed leaves that are marked with a thick black band on the veins. It’s a vigorous trailer with short white flowers. Wonderful as a shade ground cover, cascading down a woodland slope, or weaving with other plants in a container or hanging basket.

Zones 4 - 9, Mature height 3-5 inches, partial sun to shade
One (1) Plant, Pint
4 Available
$9.95 
Hellebore ship bare-root. Click here to see picture of sample plants:
Ladies Series - Winter Jewels Series
When planted in fall, most varieties have at least a 45% chance for blooms the following year.
Just very few left for spring planting season - all varieties will be back in stock in September 2014.
Helleborus 'Pink Lady'
Pink Lady has deep rose-pink flowers that last and last with color that holds for up to 8 weeeks.
Zones 3 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Available

$8.00 
Helleborus 'Red Lady'
Red Lady is a deep, dark red or maroon with yellow anthers.You can expect as many as 50 or more flowers per plant in a mature clump.

Zones 3 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Available
$8.00 
Helleborus 'Blue Lady'
Hellebore 'Ladies' are the result of outstanding breeding success by german hybridizer Gisela Schmiemann. Blue Lady has a pewter sheen to these large bowl-shaped flowers of rich purplish-blue.

Zones 3 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 25-40% chance for bloom for 2014 season
Available
$8.00 
Hellebore Sparkling Diamond Image
Helleborus Merlin
Merlin has light pink to pink flowers that mature to a deep cranberry, with dark foliage and dark stems

Zones 5 - 9, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

pint, 99% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00
Hellebore Sparkling Diamond Image
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Sparkling Diamond'

Very heavy flowering plants that produce a profusion of double, pure-white blooms. Naturally deer resistant, they will lighten up any shady area and complement all spring bulbs.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Golden Lotus'
My favorite selection from the winter jewels series of Marietta O'Byrne. These double yellows are the most beautiful hellebore to have in one's garden. Some open with a pink tint and as they age, turn a lovely yellow.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Amber Gem'

A double apricot dream! Blooms are yellow infused and blushed with red like a ripe apricot. Perhaps the rarest of colors in Hellebores.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Cotton Candy'
Cut flowers floated in a bowl of water will bring the feeling of spring to your table in mid-winter. This variety is such a prolific bloomer, you'll have plenty of these pretty double pink flowers all season.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Peppermint Ice'
Would you like to float something a little darker? This variety shows off with deep pink flowers and an almost maroon edge.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Rose Quartz'

NEW Introduction from the O’Byrne magic box of Hellebores.
This double strain has every white petal edged in rose. This is the first picotee edged double Hellebore we've ever seen.

Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade
2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Amethyst Gem'

NEW Introduction from the O’Byrne jewel box of Hellebores.
Amethyst Gem has exciting amethyst-rose double flowers that have opal margins. The color lasts for many weeks in the winter and early spring.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Berry Swirl'
Maybe it was the orchid red color or maybe the high number of double flowers in its first season, it just kept catching my eye every time I walked through the hellebore patch.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Red Sapphire'
Glowing, double, rose red flowers - so rich! It is a very well branched and free blooming strain. Takes shade and is deer-resistant
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade
2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Painted Doubles'

NEW Introduction from Marietta O’Byrne.
Like an artistic painted masterpiece, this white double is adorned with red brushmarks. A delight in the winter garden.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Available
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Harlequin Gem'

A whole group of double-flowered plants with very complex colors; the inside color contrasting with the outside. The inside can be streaked with red, green, or yellow, the outside is black or purple.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Helleborus Winter Jewels 'Onyx Odyssey'
Come and take a journey into the world of double slate, purple and black flowers. Long lasting bloom color and new foliage that is purple when it emerges in early spring makes this selection stand out.
Zones 4 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2-year old plants, 40-50% bloom for 2014 season
Out of Stock
$10.00 
Hellebore x hybridus - Lenten Rose
Picotees, whites, yellows, rose, plum, near black, spotted - they haven't bloomed yet so we don't know what you'll get. Regardless, they are beautiful and add color and texture to the late winter garden.

Zones 3 - 8, Mature height 12 to 18 inches, partial sun to shade

2+ year old plants, random color, bare root, 80% bloom for 2014 season
Available
1 for $4.00
3 for $10.00
10 for $35.00


Check back later for 2014 season for ferns and more hosta varieties.
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