Pergolas provide not only walls, but also ceilings, with the possibility of plants growing between the series of horizontal beams, to create shade.
Although their early spring blooms are especially treasured, hellebores are stalwarts in the garden during all seasons.
I have Iteas in both sun and shade in my Midwest garden, and it is one of the few shrubs that will flower in shade.
On this Focus On Flowers, Moya talks about the perfect flowers for your shade garden.
Many white flowers bloom in May, but the tiarella is one of the only ones to bloom so prettily in the shade.
Sometimes there are wet spots in a garden that need permanent plantings to convert a liability into an asset.
There are many members of the genus "Astilbe" that can provide white, pink and reddish-pink blooms in shade, or sun, if they have ample moisture.
This hard working plant was a mainstay in our grandparents' gardens.
Whether you prefer the large hyacinths that are synonymous with the Dutch, or the smaller ones beloved by the Brits, do plant some hyacinth bulbs this fall.
Every gardener, who values perennials that bloom in autumn, should have some Japanese anemones.