Since perennials are plants that typically survive the winter and come back each spring, they are an investment that pays dividend for many years. Plus, they save you the trouble of having to get your knees dirty each spring.
The word perennial is applied to any plant that lives more than two years, but it is typically used for any plant that can survive the winter and come back each spring. This include a very large number of plants.
Most of these plants need to store energy during the growing season so as to be able to spring from the ground the following year. This is probably not a problem for shade plants. They are able to generate and store enough energy even if they get only a little sun. But those plants that do need a fair amount of sun may not make it through the winter if they do not get enough sun during the growing season.
It is essential that those plants that do need a lot of sun be planted in locations that meet the plants’ requirements. Otherwise you will be disappointed because the plant will not perform well during the growing season and because it may die at the end of the season.
And do bear in mind that most these plants do not bloom all summer long. So why not mix in a few annuals. They will bringing color to your garden all summer long.
For specific information on plants that grow well in shady spots, go to our Shade perennials page.
Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.