|Sanguinaria canadensis 'Bloodroot'|
Native to the woods of South Carolina and makes a nice addition to the shade garden. The star-like white solitary flowers are short-lived but followed by green leaves through the summer. The flowers are only 3-9" tall but look great planted in mass.
|Hepatica asiatica var. japonica|
This purple flowered perennial is a good shade garden plant. The simple flowers are insect pollinated, and the seed is dispersed by ants.
Related to jack in the pulpit and has the same flower spath. The flowers appear in late spring, and the foliage has an interesting three-segmented leaf. Plant in the shade in a rich soil.
|Calanthe sp. 'Hardy Orchid'|
Native to Japan and is prized for woodland gardens. The evergreen foliage makes a nice clump of deeply pleated leaves. In spring, the bloom stalks rise from the ground and grow to 15 inches before producing colorful dainty flowers.
|Dryopteris erythrosora 'Autumn Fern'|
This dwarf-growing fern is a bold and beautiful choice for shady borders and woodland gardens. The young papery fronds are deeply cut and display a coppery-red color that turns deep green as it matures. It is a hardy fern that grows to two feet tall.
|Iris cristata 'Crested Iris'|
A wonderful groundcover that naturalizes well in shade gardens or woodland areas. The flower can be almost any shade of blue and it stays low to the ground. It blooms in the spring and goes dormant in the winter.
|Aquilegia sp. 'Columbine'|
A common wildflower that hummingbirds and butterflies love to visit. It blooms in early spring when little else is flowering. The delicate flowers come in a wide range of colors and combinations, from pinks and purples to reds and yellows.
|Arum italicum ssp. italicum 'Marmoratum'|
The glossy green, arrowhead-shaped leaves of this plant have a beautiful silver pattern that stands out in any garden. In spring, white peace lily-like flowers appear, followed by bright red berries. The foliage provides interest all winter long.
|Acanthus 'Summer Beauty'|
The dark glossy-green leaves of Acanthus 'Summer Beauty', or Bear's Breeches, provide a beautiful background for the flowers that appear in summer. The tall bloom stalks covered in white flowers create a striking statement in a shady area.
|Lycoris radiata 'Spider Lily'|
A novelty in the world of ornamental plants. Each spring the strap-shaped foliage appears, only to die down with the heat of summer. In September, clusters of red flowers suddenly spring forth from the ground, which is the reason they are frequently called magic lilies. The stems, topped with spidery-like flowers, reach 18 to 24 inches.
|Chelone glabra 'Turtlehead'|
A herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet. It produces hooded, snap-dragon-like white flowers in a spike at the top of the stem from late summer into autumn. It grows in part shade and likes wet soil.
|Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum'|
The green and white leaves of the Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum', or Solomon's Seal, emerge in spring. In May, the small white flowers dangle beneath the arching stems. The plants look great from spring until they go dormant in fall.