Shade Plants Perfect for Spring

Shade Plants Perfect for Spring

Have Shade? Get These Shade Perennials Beauties For Your Yard!

It's that time again! To Plant Shade Perennials

It is getting close to spring, and you start to get that spring planting fever. You look out to the yard and dread the shady spots, as nothing grows there. You can fix that, though; Many beautiful plants thrive and give your yard quite the show. It would help if you found them.

Which flowers grow in the shade?

There are many different types of  perennials and other types of plants you can use, flowering and none. Here is a sampling of some great perennials in your shaded areas. Lily of the valley is a beautiful little flower. These grow well in Northern states, as they prefer cold winters. They are about 4-5 inches high and have dainty little white or pink-colored bell-shaped flowers. Lily of the Valley blooms from Spring through Summer. However, for best growth and survival, late Fall is the best time for planting. You can also divide them at this same time to spread them out.

A wooded yard favorite

Iris plants are beautiful to look out for and virtually maintenance-free. While many like the full sun, the "stinking iris" thrives in the shade. It grows wild in the woods of Western Europe; Iris plants grow to about two feet high and bloom in the Fall. You can separate them every year after flowering. Be careful about mowing them over as they give off a "foul" smell, hence the name "stinking iris."

A unique named plant

If you are like most people, you like to have something different for exciting conversations. The Dutchman's breeches are the plant for you. They form along the stalk and look like a clothesline of pants hanging. A very hardy plant that grows wild throughout most of the US, except in hot climates and the Pacific Northwest. Iris plants are an excellent early addition to your garden, as it blooms from March to April. The Dutchman's breeches grow off of 10" inch fern-like plants. A quick note, they are not suitable for cutting, as they wilt immediately upon cutting.

Speaking of bells.

The Virginia bluebells are a beautiful addition of color to your shaded areas. These lovely plants grow 1-2 feet high and produce clusters of long blue trumpet-shaped bellflowers. The Virginia bluebells bloom from March through June. When planted in masses, it creates a sea of beauty. They do need moist soil areas or must be watered a considerable amount.

Plant any of these perennials in your shaded areas for some eye-popping displays. Don't waste any time. Get to work on your yard as soon as you can and be rewarded for years to come.