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Drought tolerant shade plants

These perennials tend to either tolerate or enjoy dry shade garden conditions. A few actually need these conditions to thrive, others will need some moisture from time to time but are considered drought tolerant.

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Asarum canadense

Asarum canadense, Canadian wild ginger, is a native woodland plant with satiny and fuzzy, medium green heart shaped leaves with brown-purple flowers at soil level. It grows 6 to 10" high and spreads 24" or more to make a great shady groundcover.


  • Ships April to mid-May and again after mid September
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    Asarum europaeum

    Asarum europaeum, European ginger, is a handsome, shady groundcover with glossy, dark, evergreen leaves with brown-purple flowers at soil level. It grows 3 to 5" high and 12" wide, spreaading by seed to make a great shady groundcover.


  • Ships April to mid-May and again after mid September
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    Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'

    Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' forms a larger plant than Brunnera 'Jack Frost', with larger leaves that make an impressive statement in the shade garden. Silvery heart-shaped leaves have green veining and are topped with tiny, sky blue forget-me-not like flowers in spring.  It forms a 30" wide clump. (PP#25789)


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    Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

    Brunnera 'Jack Frost' (PP#13859) is a wonderful plant that really stands out in the shade garden. It has silvery heart-shaped leaves with prominent green veining and is topped with tiny, sky blue forget-me-not like flowers in spring.


  • Ships April to mid-May and again after mid September
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    Cimicifuga 'Cheju Do'

    Cimicifuga 'Cheju Do' (also listed as Actaea 'Cheju Do') has basal clumps of glossy, dark green dissected leaves topped in mid to late summer with multiple spikes of pink buds that open to starry white flowers.  The foliage stays compact at about 18" high and the flower spikes will reach 3' high.


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    Corydalis lutea

    Corydalis lutea has many long blooming, soft yellow flowers above 15" clumps of lacy blue-green foliage. It is hardy, easy to grow, and self-sows freely, making it useful as a ground cover, especially in dry shade.


  • Ships late March through May and again after mid September
  • 2 to 3 year field grown plant, freshly dug and shipped bare root
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    Dicentra 'Valentine'

    Dicentra 'Valentine' (PP#22739) is an old-fashioned bleeding heart with reddish flowers instead of pink! It forms a large, 30" mound of green, cut foliage on fleshy stems. This selection has excellent flower color and darker green foliage than the traditional species.


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    Dicentra spectabilis

    Dicentra spectabilis is the old-fashioned bleeding heart. It forms a large, 30" mound of powdery green, cut foliage on fleshy stems and in spring has many long branches of pink heart-shaped flowers.


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    Diplazium pycnocarpon

    Diplazium pycnocarpon, glade fern, has 24 to 36" arching and upright fronds with smooth, medium green, feathery blade pairs. It is easy to grow and relatively drought tolerant, slow spreading, forming a dense colony.


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    Epimedium 'Frohnleiten'

    Epimedium 'Frohnleiten' is a slow spreading variety of barrenwort with bright yellow flowers in early spring over bronze-pink foliage that turns dark green in summer and back to bronze in the fall. It is easy to grow so long as the rhizomes are planted and covered with some good soil and it receives occasional moisture. It grows 8 to 12" high and 18 to 24" wide.


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    Epimedium 'Lilafee'

    Epimedium 'Lilafee' is a shorter, clumping barrenwort with long spurred purple flowers in spring above bronze-red tinted foliage that turns green in summer. The flowers grow 8 - 12" tall and the clumps spread 15 to 18" wide.


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    Epimedium 'Orange Queen'

    Epimedium 'Orange Queen' (aka 'Orangekönigen') has delightful light copppery-orange flowers that rise up in open clusters ahead of the new spring foliage. This variety is an excellent spreading groundcover with medium green, heart shaped leaves growing 10" tall and 18 to 24" wide.


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    Epimedium 'Pink Elf'

    Epimedium 'Pink Elf' (PP#17228) has evergreen, heart shaped foliage and in late spring, pretty little light pink flowers with a darker pink center come up on wiry stems. It flowers 20" high with 12" high foliage that will spread slowly to form a dense clump.


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    Epimedium 'Sulphureum'

    Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' is a semi-clumping barrenwort with short spurred, light yellow flowers that rise up above red tinted, heart shaped leaves in the spring. The flowers grow 12" tall and the clumps spread 18 to 24" wide.


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    Heuchera 'Rave On'

    Heuchera 'Rave On' (PP#18127) is all about flower power! Tight and compact silvery leaves with burgundy tones are covered with pink flowers for several months from spring into summer. It grows 8" high and 14" wide with 20" flowers. ALSO SOLD AT THE NURSERY IN THE SUMMER.


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    Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride'

    Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride' forms an attractive 12 to 15" mound of green veined, silver foliage that is completely covered with light yellow flowers in early summer. These dense clumping plants work great as a border plant in the shade garden.


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    Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

    Polygonatum o. 'Variegatum' (variegated Solomon's seal) is an excellent shade plant with arching stems and upward pointed, green leaves edged in creamy white that grow 24" tall and spread to form a dense colony. Small white flowers dangle below the stems from the leaf axils in early summer.


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    Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park'

    Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park' is a low growing native woodland groundcover with whorled, medium green, rounded leaves that creep to form a solid mass of foliage. It has white flowers in spring and grows best in the shade.


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    Tiarella wherryi 'Silverado'

    Tiarella 'Silverado' has 8" high soft green foliage with prominent green veins. It is topped with many white flower spikes in early spring and has attractive dark foliage in the fall.


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