Low Maintenance Perennials For Shade

The great thing about perennial plants is that, once they’re established, they will keep reblooming from one year to the next. Some people enjoy reinventing their garden from one year to the next. But if you prefer consistency with your landscape, perennials are the way to go. 

What about a yard with mature trees and large portions of shade? Here in North Texas, it can be tricky to find foliage that’s resistant to heat, occasional drought, and shade. 

That’s why we came up with a fantastic list of shade-hardy perennials to adorn your yard with. 

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Shade Loving Perennials Plants

  • Oxalis

    Oxalis, Wood Sorrel: This is a large plant whose flowers come in a variety of shapes and colors. It is sometimes considered invasive, so you may want to plant them in a contained area.

  • Ajuga, Bugleweed: This plant has jade green leaves with whorls of blue blossoms that somewhat resemble a Bluebonnet.

  • Monkey-Flower – This North American wildflower has dotted blossoms that come in a variety of colors, and the blooms tend to resemble a monkey’s face.

  • Primula

    Primula: This flowering shade lover comes in a rainbow of colors, and is easy to plant and grow.

  • Cast Iron Plant: This is a slow growing evergreen with large, lush leaves that will thrive even in deeply shaded areas.
  • Frog Fruit: This low growing ground cover has small white flowers, and its green leaves take on a reddish or purplish hue in the winter.

  • Creeping Myrtle
    Creeping Myrtle

    Creeping Myrtle: This flowering ivy produces blue flowers in a bed of small evergreen ivy leaves.

  • Nolina, Beargrass: This plant produces grasslike foliage that thrives in deep shade, and is helpful for erosion control in sloped areas.

  • Inland Sea Oats: This native grass produces attractive oat-like flowers, and is also a good ground cover for erosion control.

  • Tiarella

    Tiarella Cordifolia: This clump-forming flower has pink and white blossoms, and it grows quickly even in full shade.

  • Astilbe : This plant is known for its broad array of colors, ranging from pale green, dark green, and blue-green to bronze and wine-red.

  • Plumeria: This plant produces blue, white, and pink petals, with lovely silvery leaves that are long and narrow.


Whether you’re working with full, partial, or dappled shade, any one of these beauties will make a great addition to your outdoor space. Perennials that thrive in the shade can easily accent your garden, porch, deck, or patio area.
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