Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer

Here are our top picks for shade plants and choosing perennials for shade that bloom all summer long!

Here are our top picks for shade plants and choosing perennials for shade that bloom all summer long!

1. Geranium

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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”. Its blooms are big and blue, and the plant grows to 20 inches. The common name for this plant is “Cranesbill”.

2. Astilbe

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One of our favorite summer blooming shade perennials is Astilbe. Astilbe has 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 “Meadowsweet”. These plants are tough, but cannot handle drought. Keep soil moist and fertilize yearly for best bloom.

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