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Anemone FALL IN LOVE™ 'Sweetly'
Common Name: Japanese Anemone You'll love how this perennial will extend the seasonal interest of your garden. When other plants in your garden are fading, FALL IN LOVE™ 'Sweetly' is just getting started, producing rich, rose pink flowers in early fall. Semi-double flowers are produced above a large mound of dark green foliage. Spreads slowly through rhizomes. Plant with other fall bloomers and grasses. Proven Winners Variety. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Sold as: 3.5in Starter Plant Height: 20-26" Spread: 24-30" Sunlight: Full Sun or Part Shade Hardy zones: 4,5,6,7,8 Attracts: Butterflies Deer resistant
Dicentra spectabilis 'valentine'
Common name: Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart A newer version of the classic perennial! Red and white hearts opposed to the pink and white hearts. Every shade garden needs at least one bleeding heart. Arching sprays of everyone’s favorite classic bleeding heart flower, red and white heart-shaped blooms, dangle from the stems in late spring. This cultivar quickly grows into a dramatic clump for early spring color. After putting on this fantastic display, Bleeding Hearts usually go dormant until the following spring. However, if plants are kept well-watered during the spring, dormancy may be delayed until late summer or early fall. Photos...
Helleborus ‘True Love’
Common name: Lenten Rose Helleborus ‘True Love’ bears rich maroon red, 3-3½” double flowers. Hybridizer Hans Hansen has a passion for hellebores. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant, and rich flower colors. The WEDDING PARTY™ series showcases his double flowered selections, available in numerous, beautiful color shades. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2." Starter Height: 18.-24." Spread: 18.-24." Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Sunlight: Part Shade - Full Shade Attributes: Bee Friendly Deer Resistant
Heuchera 'Wild Rose'
Common name: Coral Bells This easily distinguishable Heuchera stands out with its large leaves and bright, uniquely colored foliage. 'Wild Rose' forms a dense habit of large, bright rosy purple leaves with deep charcoal gray veining. The prominent dark veining really causes the foliage color pop, making it a great choice for shade. This is the perfect companion plant to the dark-leafed 'Black Pearl'. Upright, dark burgundy rose flower scapes have matching dark buds that open to rosy pink flowers. PRIMO® Heuchera differ from the DOLCE® Series with larger, faster growing habits and a more substanial landscape presence. Coral bells...
Astilbe ‘Mighty Chocolate Cherry’
Common Name: False Spirea The newest member of the Mighty series of Astilbes has become our new favorite! Like all members of this series, it is tall and vigorous, producing loads of extra-long colorful cherry red spires on plants nearly 4 ft tall. What sets this selection apart is the beautiful chocolate-burgundy foliage. Unlike other dark-foliage Astilbes on the market which fade to green at bloom time, ‘Chocolate Cherry’ retains its burgundy leaves well into the blooming season. Give it moist, rich soil and a site with morning sun for best color and performance. Size: 2/3 eye root Height: 40-48 inches...
Astilbe ‘Fanal’ XL Clump
Common Name: False Spirea Bright red plumes, one of the earliest red astilbes to blooms. Plumes are upright and vigorous grower. Give it rich soil and a site with morning sun for best color and performance. If planting in full sun, moist soil at all times is required. The large size of these clumps will provide instant show in the garden. Size: XL Clump Height: 20" Spread: 18"-20" Hardy: 3,4,5,6,7,8 Sun Exposure: Full sun - Full Shade Attributes: Attracts bees Deer & Rabbit resistant
Helleborus 'Flower Girl' XL plants
Common name: Lenten Rose Helleborus 'Flower Girl' bears 2½-3", double blush to light pink flowers. These plants are a 3in starter plant. Our other Helleborus plants are a 2in starter. Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose. This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where it is at home. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 3.0" Starter Height: 18.0-24.0" Spread: 18.0-24.0" Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Sunlight: Part Shade - Full Shade Attributes: Attracts...
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' XL Root Clump
Common name: Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart A classic perennial with white on white hearts. Every shade garden needs at least one bleeding heart. Arching sprays of everyone’s favorite classic bleeding heart flower, white heart-shaped blooms, dangle from the stems in late spring. Dicentra provides early spring color. After putting on this fantastic display, Bleeding Hearts usually go dormant until the following spring. However, if plants are kept well-watered during the spring, dormancy may be delayed until late summer or early fall. Size: XL Bare Root Clump, 5+ eyes Height: 30"-36" Spread: 18"-36" Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8 Sunlight: Part Shade - Full Shade Attributes: Attracts Bees and Hummingbirds...
Currant Black 'Titania'
Common Name: Red Currant A very large berry with excellent taste. Developed in Europe in the 1980's, Titania is extremely hardy and disease resistant, both to mildew and white pine blister rust. Growth habit is vigorous and up- right. Fruits heavily, with a long season of ripening, beginning midsummer and ending in early September. A bit milder than other cultivars, but with typical black currant flavor. Good for jams and preserves. Fruit is easy to pick and stores very well for several months. Mature height is 3-4 feet. Space 4 to 6 feet apart. Currant transplants are small. When planted in fertile...
Lamium 'Orchid Frost'
Common name: Dwarf Hybrid Mullein Lamium is one of the best choices for a tough yet showy perennial groundcover. This selection forms a spreading patch of small silver leaves with a stunning blue-green edge. Clusters of rose-pink flowers appear in spring, then continue off and on until fall, appearing more reliably through summer than other varieties. Fairly tolerant of dry shade, once established. Trim back in late winter. Stems will root into the ground where they touch. Evergreen. Size: 2.5in Potted Plant Height: 6-8" Spread: 12-20" Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Sunlight: Full Sun - Full Shade Attributes: Attracts Butterflies and Bees Deer Resistant...
Currant Red 'Rovada'
Common Name: Red Currant A very productive variety from the Netherlands, Rovada bears abundant, long and striking racemes of very large, beautiful, translucent red berries. Rovada fruit is sweet and flavorful with some tartness, good for fresh eating and for making excellent jams and jellies. Currant transplants are small, usually consisting of 1 stem 5"-10". When planted in fertile soil they will grow quickly the first few years. Sometimes as much as 2 feet per year. You will get a small harvest the year after planting and each harvest will increase in size. Size: Bare root Zone: 3,4,5,6,7 SELF-FERTILE HARVEST:...
Common Name: False Spirea This exciting new color breakthrough will be an excellent addition to any shade gardens.This selection has large, white plumes held over a mound of lacy, black–bronze leaves. After flowering, the foliage takes on hints of green but retains a rich tone. Excellent for cutting. Seed heads may be removed, or left on the plant for winter interest. Will tolerate full sun, in cool summer regions where soil is consistently moist. Size: 2/3 eye root clump Height: 24" Spread: 18"-24" Hardy: 4,5,6,7,8 Sun Exposure: Full sun - Full Shade Attributes: Attracts bees Deer resistant
Brunnera 'Sterling Silver'
Common name: Heartleaf Brunnera, SIberian Bugloss If you are searching for a new foliage plant for shade that looks like it is on steroids (but isn't) try this new silver-leafed variety. 'Sterling Silver' is an improvement from 'Looking Glass' with the same stunning silver color and heart-shaped foliage, but with larger leaves (7-8" wide) and larger habit, better leaf quality, and increased heat tolerance. In early spring, multitudes of tiny blue, forget-me-not flowers appear above the foliage. Brunnera is classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms. They make a fantastic groundcover, though the variegated forms may...
Trillium grandiflorum (snow Trillium)
Common name: Wake Robin Trillium grandiflorum produces pure white blooms that face upwards. Plant in a shady spot with Rich soil where they can grow for years. Best left undisturbed. Best planted en masse. Our roots are propagated and produced commercially, not collected from the wild. Size: #1 Bare root, 1 eye Height: 12"-16" Light requirement: Sun - Partial Shade Hardy zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Attributes Deer resistant
Fern Athyrium 'Godzilla'
Common name: Giant Japanese Painted Fern Like Athyrium n. ‘Pictum’ on steroids, this giant painted fern was discovered at Plant Delights Nursery in the mid-90s and is thought to be a sporeling of ‘Pictum’ and the Lady Fern. It forms a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights and dark purple stems. Like the Lady Fern, ‘Godzilla’ spreads slowly where it is happiest in moist, loamy soils. Grow this fern as a low maintenance filler in shady borders combined with large hostas and Aralia ‘Sun King’. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.75" Starter Height: 3.0' Spread: 4.0-6.0' Hardiness Zones:...
Helleborus 'Dark & Handsome'
Common name: Lenten Rose Helleborus 'Dark and Handsome' bears 2½-3", near black to black-purple flowers. Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose. This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where it is at home. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.0" Starter Height: 18.0-24.0" Spread: 18.0-24.0" Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Sunlight: Part Shade - Full Shade Attributes: Attracts Bees Deer Resistant
Common Name: False Spirea Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! This selection has long, feathery plumes of deep lavender-mauve flowers, over a mound of elegant, lacy green leaves. Excellent for cutting. Seed heads may be removed, or left on the plant for winter interest. Will tolerate full sun, in cool summer regions where soil is consistently moist. Size: 4/5 eye root clump Sun Exposure: Full sun - Full Shade Height: 30" Spread: 18"-24" Hardy: 4,5,6,7,8 Attributes: Attracts bees Deer resistant
Trillium erectum (red Trillium)
Common name: Wake Robin Trillium erectum produces rich wine colored blooms that face upwards. Plant in a shady spot with rich soil where they can grow for years. Best left undisturbed. Best planted en masse. Our roots are propagated and produced commercially, not collected from the wild. Size: Bare root, 1 eye Height: 12"-16" Light requirement: Sun - Partial Shade Hardy zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Attributes Deer resistant
Epimedium x grandiflorum 'Rose Queen'
Common name: barrenwort or bishop's hat Epimedium 'Rose Queen' is a rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial which typically growing 8"-12" tall and is primarily used as a ground cover or edger in shady or woodland areas. Dark pink flowers appear above the foliage in spring. They form attractive foliage mounds. New leaves in spring emerge with a red tinge, mature to green and turn reddish in fall. Size: 2.5" Potted Plant Height: 8"-12" Spread: 12"-18" Hardy Zones: 5,6,7,8,9 Light requirement: Part shade to full shade Attributes: Attractive foliage Deer resistant
Common Name: Chinese Ground Orchid Commonly called Chinese ground orchid, Bletilla Striata is a terrestrial orchid which produces small, pinkish-purple flowers (to 1.5” long) in 3-7 flowered racemes atop naked scapes typically rising to 18” tall. Blooms mid to late spring. Each pseudobulb typically produces 3-5, linear, pleated, papery-textured, sword-shaped, pale green leaves (to 12” long). Foliage dies to the ground in winter. Size: #1 Bare Root Height: 18" Spread: 6-12" Hardy: 5,6,7,9,10 Sun Exposure: Full Sun - Partial Shade
From brightly colored flowers to low-lying shrubbery, shade-loving perennial plants make wonderful fillers for areas that do not receive full sun. Don’t let mature trees, tall buildings, or any other structures stop you from having a full-grown garden. Extend your garden into every direction you please by adding shade-loving perennial plants to your yard design. At The Gentlemen’s Backyard Garden, we provide various perennial shade plants and flowers to suit a range of landscaping and gardening purposes. We’re sure to have what you’re looking for in our selection below. If you have any questions regarding plants or gardening tips, please feel free to reach out to us by email or phone.