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Shadow perennials: 12 popular plants presented

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As far as the sun's rays are concerned, the shadowy shrubs are frugal. They develop well and develop magnificent flowers, even if they do not enjoy the sun for more than two to three hours a day. We would like to introduce you to 12 perennials that thrive in the shade:

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11 Wood anemone - Anemone-nemorosa


The wood anemone is indispensable as a harbinger of spring in the garden at home. When the wood anemone begins to bloom, it unfolds a carpet of flowers. With a height of 10 to 15 cm, they are ideal as early bloomers in front of and between trees and late-growing perennials. Since their foliage retracts after flowering, later sprouting perennials should be able to cover their leaf mantle over the balding areas. The perennial has an underground rhizome from which the shoot bud forms. With her seeds she conquers new locations year after year. The wood anemone is easy to care for and quite undemanding.

1. Wood anemone - Anemone-nemorosa

22 Elven flower - epimedium


The young shoots grow green to bronze in spring from the ground. In between, there are delicate, mostly orchid-like flowers. Depending on the variety, they bloom in white, yellow, red, orange or purple. When the shoots have unfolded, the leaves turn green.
The leaves often turn reddish in autumn. The elf flower is the ideal companion for other shade-loving stature shrubs. Epimediums are fast growing, permanent, and very competitive ground cover plants. They suppress weeds very effectively due to their dense root growth. Elf flowers are beautiful ground cover plants and prefer low-lime, acidic to neutral soils.

2. Elf flower - epimedium

33 Funkie - Hosta


Funkien, also called Herzlattlilien, are decorative leafy perennials with different heights, leaf colors and flower colors.
They sprout late and are ideal partners for early bloomers. They feel particularly comfortable in the shade and penumbra. Funkien are also wonderful container plants.
In the months of July to August the hosta shows pretty flowers that grow in a cluster-shaped inflorescence and are funnel-shaped. Their elongated and fragrant flower clusters are a popular vase decoration for the home. It is an easy-care, long-term and valuable partner.

3. Funkie - Hosta

44 foam flower - Tiarella cordifolia 'Brandywine'


The foam flowers are perennial herbaceous plants with heights between 10 cm and 50 cm. They are used as ground cover for shady locations. With its above-ground foothills, it forms dense, flat carpets. The glossy green foliage shows interesting, brownish-colored leaf veins and gets a decorative red-brown color in autumn.
Depending on the cultivars, the shape and drawing of the leaves and the intensity of the flower color can differ. The white flowers appear from April to May with a slight yellowish or pink hint. The variety-rich foam bloom that belongs to the family of forest perennials likes a neutral to slightly acidic location.

4. Foam blossom - Tiarella cordifolia 'Brandywine & #…

55 Bergwald cranesbill - Geranium nodosum


This cranesbill is characterized by shiny, dark green, heavily lobed leaves and fine flowers.
The species is it can even colonize difficult locations in deep shade under conifers over time. It is also a decorative perennial and at the same time attractive flowering perennial for the bed front. A normal garden soil that is permeable and mostly dry offers the cranesbill ideal conditions. The Geranium genus comprises about 300 species and varieties. The versatile perennial is gaining more and more lovers because it is undemanding and easy to care for.

5. Bergwald cranesbill - Geranium nodosum

66 St. John's wort, man's blood - Hypericum androsaemum


This variety fascinates with striking yellow flowers and pretty orange-red fruits.
The plant's abundance of flowers is presented from July to September. It immediately catches the eye of every garden visitor because the flowers have a particularly high luminosity. The perennial has the positive properties, so it is easy to care for, undemanding and hardy. The fruit stalks of this type of St. John's wort are ideal as vase decorations. The soil should be as normal as possible, well-drained to dry. These are the only small claims that this plant makes.

6. St. John's wort, man's blood - Hypericum androsaemum

77 Persistent silver leaf - Lunaria rediviva


Persistent silver leaf is a night bloomer and night scent. The perennial convinces with bushy growth, loosely branched, strongly fragrant flowers and handsome parchment-like fruit pods.
These are usually circular and shimmering silvery and are reminiscent of the moon. Their flowers are in short racemose inflorescences without bracts. The scent of the silver leaf is strong, floral and pleasantly fresh. Woody or shady woody edges are suitable habitats. This plant, which belongs to the wild perennials, likes a fresh to moist and nutrient-rich soil.

7. Persistent silver leaf - Lunaria rediviva

88 Great Solomon Seal - Polygonatum biflorum


The large Solomon seal is an optimal perennial for the area under trees but also in a shady bed this plant gets along very well. It is absolutely frost hardy. Small black-blue berries develop from the decorative white flowers that appear from May to June in autumn. Due to its compact and slightly overhanging growth, the Solomon Seal looks very attractive. It spreads through short, fleshy rhizomes. The dark green leaves are very contrasting to the white flowers and the deciduous foliage is still very attractive after flowering. Both in single or in group plantings, it looks great in the garden.

8. Large Solomon seal - Polygonatum biflorum

99 Lance Silver Candle - Cimicifuga racemosa


The perennial pushes its stiff, unbranched inflorescences up to 180 cm. The tinted flower candles stand clearly above the thick, lush green foliage.
The long flower candles attract bees and insects, which is why they can be used in natural shade gardens. The lance silver candle is one of the few of its kind that tolerates a little more drought. This perennial can be combined with other slim growing partners, such as magnificent spar, foxglove or candle knotweed. There are different types of silver candles, e.g. summer and autumn blooming.

9. Lance silver candle - Cimicifuga racemosa

1010 spotted deadnettle - Lamium maculatum

This deadnettle spreads gradually by means of rooting shoots. However, it does not proliferate. It is characterized by dark pink flowers that stand above a carpet of lush green leaves with a silvery center.
It is best to place this variety as a small-scale ground cover in shady areas. But it can also be planted as a border planting of borders. The flowering period is May to July. The rest of the year it captivates with its silvery white glossy leaves. The soil for the spotted deadnettle should not be too dry and low in nutrients.

10. Spotted deadnettle - Lamium maculatum

1111 Lily of the Valley - Convallaria majalis


The lily of the valley is the most well-known perennial, and is not very common. It loves the shade in the garden and blooms from April to May with its delicate, white flowers.
The flowers exude a wonderful fragrance. The fruit decoration made of bright red, pea-sized berries is also impressive. It appears from July to September. This classic spring messenger looks beautiful under ingrown trees. The beauty of the perennial should not be forgotten that it is very poisonous in all parts.

11. Lily of the valley - Convallaria majalis

1212 Bergenia - Bergenia cordifolia


The Bergenia stands out next to its green foliage due to its particularly beautiful white, pink or red colored flowers. It is a real ornament for every garden and inspires the viewer not only in the course of its heyday.
Bergenias are a feast for the eyes even in autumn. At this time of year, their leaves take on a beautiful autumn color. If it is planted on a fresh, well drained soil and in a sunny to partially shaded spot, there are no problems with the Bergenia. It is generally undemanding and low-maintenance. The leaves of the Bergenia also fill bouquets and arrangements with rich, lush green.

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