When the garden catalogs come out and the nurseries start stocking plants, gardeners start thinking about how to get the most bloom for their buck. That can be a really tough job when you have a shade garden that needs some flowers. Shade loving perennials are out there! You don’t have to have an all foliage garden just because your garden lacks sun, and you don’t have to settle for just a few weeks of bloom. Check out these perennials for shade that bloom all summer, with flowers in all colors!


Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer


Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer!

Geranium – Perfect Flower for Shade Gardens!

This is not your typical annual geranium that fills window boxes everywhere… in truth, those are Pelargoniums. True geraniums are a perennial that does well in partial shade, and blooms pink or blue all summer. In addition, many varieties’ foliage turns bronze or red in the fall. We love Geranium “Rozanne”. You can get “Rozanne” at Burpee. Its blooms are big and blue, and the plant grows to 20 inches. The common name for this perennial flower for shade is “Cranesbill”.

Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer


Astilbe – Shade Perennials That Are Repeat Bloomers

One of our favorite summer blooming perennials for shade is Astilbe. Astilbe have foliage that is glossy and attractive, and bloom from late spring into summer. If you cut them back after blooming, they can bloom again. In pinks, purples and whites, they are a fluffy spire that can brighten any shady spot. They grow 18 inches wide and 18-24 inches tall, and are hardy to zone 4. Common name for this shade loving perennial is “Meadowsweet”. These plants are tough, but cannot handle drought. Keep soil moist and fertilize yearly for best bloom. The “Younique” collection of Astilbe from ‘Burpee‘ are compact growing varieties with beautiful colors. They are also deer and rabbit resistant.

Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer


Heuchera – Coral Bells

Heuchera is a hardy shade flower rich in foliage color, but that also offers spires of white, pink or red flowers throughout the summer. Massed in a group, these perennial flowers for shade seem to glow! And when not in bloom, the foliage is stunning. We like Heuchera “Paris” from ‘Burpee‘. Photo by Barnes Nursery UK.



This pretty summer bloomer is a relative of coral bells, and has gorgeous cut foliage as well. Heucherella is great in the South, as it is very heat and humidity resistant. We like “Pink Fizz“. Hardy in zones 4-9, this perennial flower for shade is deer resistant too! Photo by ‘NHHostas’.


Spiderwort – Perennials Flowers for Shade or Sun

Known for growing in almost any conditions, Spiderwort has strap like foliage and interesting flowers of white, pink or purple all summer. These summer blooming shade flowers are drought resistant and deer resistant. Because their blossoms are small in size, plant in groups for best effect. Hardy to zone 4.

Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer


This summer plant for shade has bright green leaves and is called “Sweet Kate”. Great purple perennial flower for brightening up a shady garden!

Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer


Hardy Fuchsias – Part Shade Perennials That Bloom All Summer

There are several cultivars of hardy Fuchsias, which are just as beautiful as the basket variety, but usually larger and more up right. The most common variety grown in the Pacific NW is Fuchsia Magellanica. This part shade perennial is a shrub like plant covered with tubular blooms that hummingbirds LOVE, and blooms spring to first frost. Growing 6-10 feet high and as wide, it’s winter hardy down to zone 6, though it might die back during the coldest months. It will come alive again in spring! You can find a beautiful variety valued “Grand Cape Horn” at ‘White Flower Farm‘.

Shade plants that bloom all summer


Campanula (Bellflower) – Blue & Purple Perennial Flowers for Shade

Campanula has many different varieties, and are blue or white belled flowers in sizes from dwarf to several feet tall. They love partial shade and moderately moist soil, and will bloom June through frost. Our fav purple perennial is Siberian Campanula. It has a wonderful deep blue color with a white eye, and is very floriferous. This perennial flower for shade is hardy to zone 3. Find “Campanula” at White Flower Farm.

Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer


Corydalis lutea – Yellow Summer Blooming Flowers for Shade

If you love bleeding heart in your spring garden, try “Yellow Fumitory”. This ferny shade loving flower has little yellow blooms from April through frost! Perfect for a woodland or cottage garden, this shade perennial flowers all summer, is hardy to zone 3, and prefers a cool spot on your garden away from afternoon sun. It is deer resistant and grows 8-18 inches tall. Photo by ‘Rotary Botanical Gardens‘.


Impatiens – Annuals and Perennials for Shade That Bloom All Summer

No conversation about long blooming shade plants would be complete without talking about Impatiens. If you are looking for shade plants that bloom all summer, look no farther. While these are annuals and die back each winter, they perform better than any other flowering shade plant. So we just had to include them! Of course if you live in zone 9 or above, these can be grown as shade perennials.

The shade flowers we are talking about are the bedding Impatiens, which are the kind you find in every nursery in six packs and lots of colors. They are tender, so be sure not to plant them too early…Wait until the soil starts to warm. Planting them when it’s still cold can stunt them. Also, these shade loving flowers need moisture and are heavy feeders. Cut them back by a third if they start to get leggy, and give them a dose of liquid fertilizer. My favorite are white Impatiens, but they come in many colors, from neon brights to pastels. They, much like petunias and marigolds, have gotten a bad wrap by gardening snobs as being cliche, and boring. Any flowers for shade can be boring if you don’t use it properly. So use them the way they shine…in large drifts of all one color..and watch those snobs eat their words! You can find impatiens in packs of 3 plants at Burpee, in every color from deep red to apricot to pure white!

Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer

Shade flowers that bloom all summer

So don’t use your shady garden as an excuse not to have flowers in bloom all summer long. Pick one, two or all of these and create a garden with perennials for shade that bloom all summer! We think you will also love our posts on Low Water Drought Tolerant Perennials,  Showy Shade Gardens and How to Plant Fantastic Flower Beds!

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  1. Cindy s Reynolds September 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    besides impatients and fushia…..none of these bloom all summer long…..most are spring blooming plants and then they die back….

    1. Kathy Woodard September 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      We have to disagree, at least in most areas… You may need to deadhead your plants more if they aren’t re-blooming for you!

  2. Mia May 21, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I planted spiderwort 20 years ago near a big boulder that rose out of a ledge-y lawn area and it has been contained that way. Had heard about it being invasive. If this situation exists on your property, spiderwort is the perfect solution to bringing color to it. Don’t expect anything else to co-habitate with it though!

  3. Cara September 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Spiderwort is a weed along all the roadsides here in northwest Indiana. My husband brought some home and I made him get rid of it lol.

  4. Bonita Loidolt August 25, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    These are lovely plants but I’ve already looked up many of these plants in other resources and their light requirements were listed as partial shade– between 2 and 4 hours of sunlight. I think one would have to sacrifice bloom and vigor in a full shade area so I hesitate to use them on the north side of my potting house.

  5. Cynthia Bell July 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    For several years I have had problems with impatiens. They would do well for several months, then mid to late July they started to get very thin and absolutely die back completely. I was told there was some kind of Midwest problem with them, so I have resorted to other plantings for my shade garden, using more begonias and caladium root plants.

  6. Heidi Webb July 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I agree with Jay. Spiderweb is insidious!!! My neighbors had it in their garden and it has infiltrated my yard now. Between the cracks in my sidewalk, in my roses, along my back fence… you can’t just pull them either you have to get the roots. Not only that, if you rub up against the flowers, they stain purple anything they touch. Maybe if you put them in a 5-gallon bucket and bury that in your garden you can stop the encroachment if you really really want them… I would never advise anyone to plant them in their garden.

    1. Kathy Woodard September 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      I’d be interested in what part of the country you live in, it is definitely true what is a delight in some parts can be a devil plant in others!

    2. Laura April 24, 2017 at 4:37 am

      I’ve read spiderwort is aggressive if you spoil it with rich soil, fertilizer and supplemental water. Like many natives, it is best as a low care plant. I’ve planted spiderwort with other tough natives, hoping they fill out some. Time will tell.

  7. Shirley Ross June 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I have many clematis plants that bloom in spring and early summer. Some are 20 yrs old and others are new. I lose a lot of flowers because I seem to have to reattach the vines to their trellises each spring and as a result break off parts of the vines. Does anyone have some tips for me on how to train or attach them to a trellis so this doesn’t happen? Several of my plants have very long vines even after trimming them to the ground several yrs ago.

  8. Jay burnett June 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    To me, selling spiderworts is a criminal act. They are like cuckoo birds, infiltrating the roots of everything in the garden, and almost impossible to ericate.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Never heard that before, perhaps its a problem only in some parts of the country… Thx for the opinion!

    2. Amber H. July 24, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Same thing with Lily of the Valley and Snow on the Mountain!! ????

    3. Amy L Riggles July 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! They are so invasive. I live in WI zone 4

    4. Angela Michels September 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      That’s funny! I’m in zone 6 and can’t get my spiderwort to spread at all.

    5. Joy May 22, 2018 at 6:43 am

      I agree spiderwort is a horrible weed, it spreads like wild fire and roundup and our cold winters (down to minus 50 at times) will not even kill it..I had to hand dig it just like quack grass. It should be banned as it not only destroys your yard but your neighbors yard as well.

      1. Sharon johnsin July 8, 2018 at 3:50 pm

        I have not found that at all. I have some in my rock garden and as all perrenials they do spread but I have not found it to be invasive

  9. Cindy Reynlds June 27, 2015 at 12:34 am

    My spiderwort and geraniums both only bloom in the spring….in fact the spiderwort dies back down to the ground after it is done blooming….doesn’t last but only 2-3 weeks….

  10. Annique May 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    My “Sweet Kate” spiderwort grows big and hearty in my full (very full) sun front yard.
    I’m in northeastern pa (zone 6).

    1. Lea September 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      I have them too, dug them up from my daughters yard one year and now I have them everywhere. Didn’t know the name of them and really thought I pulled up some weeds. Now that I know they are a flower, I will be more gentle with them. I live in Central Florida ?
      They are very bright and a pretty color purple.


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