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Best Perennial Plants for St. Louis Missouri Shade Gardens

With the vast amounts of perennials available, making selections can be daunting. We’ve done your homework for you. Over the years we have grown and observed thousands of perennials here at our St. Louis nursery, and believe these are some of the best shade perennials for St. Louis. The perennials plants listed her all possess exceptional qualities, and have proven to thrive in the St. Louis area. This is just a sampling of the many outstanding shade perennials available, we’d be delighted to share more with you, please ask. Listed are our favorite, easy to care for, best perennials for St. Louis shade gardens.

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    The perennial plants listed here prefer shade to part shade, each plant having their own light requirements. Adding a shovelful or two of compost when planting these beauties will encourage good root growth and more flowering.

    Planting these perennials will give you color in your shade garden spring through fall. First, in early spring the enchanting ‘Valentine’ Bleeding Heart and Wild Sweet William begin to bloom followed by the stately Solomon’s Seal. As the season progresses the airy plumes of Goat’s Beard and the delightful dangling jewels of Columbine appear. In summer you’ll have the jewel-toned Astilbe and bright red Indian Pink. Corydalis looks fantastic all season with its waves of flowers from early spring through fall, its amazing foliage adds another fascinating element. The colorful foliage of Lilyturf, Coral Bell, Hosta, and Solomon’s Seal rivals many plants’ flowers and adds strong interest all year. The season ends with a blooming bonanza of Anemone, Hosta, and Liriope.

    A few other favorite perennials for shade include: ‘Chocolate Chip’ Ajuga, Red Cardinal Flower Lobelia, Foxglove Digitalis, Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum. Visit our Reference Guide for more suggestions.

    Although many of these plants once established are tolerant of days of low moisture, for best flowering give good soakings during dry spells, and even better, keep consistently moist. Some of these plants will continue to bloom without deadheading, but for maximum blooming clip off spent blossoms before the plants start to go to seed. You’ll want all the plants’ energy to go to making more flowers.

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