Perennials That Do Well In Dry Shade


Dry shade can pose some monumental challenges in gardening. However, if you can be able to pick out the right plans, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make your garden thrive even in the toughest conditions. First of all, you have to add some organic matter to the soil including compost as this improves the soil’s ability to retain water. The following are some of the main perennials that will do very well in dry shade:


Ajuga is one of the most common perennial that comes with amazing flowers and foliage. There are a lot of varieties and you can easily find them in your local gardening store. Although Ajuga can easily be able to tolerate dark shade, it often does so well in moist and well drained soil. However, you can still do with it, especially if your soil is amended with compost. Additionally, make sure you water the perennials significantly during the first two years.

Cushion Spurge

Ideally, cushion spurge is grown under the sun but can still tolerate a shade, especially in areas that experience very hot summers. Cushion spurge often bursts into bloom in spring and produces very beautiful tiny flowers. The perennial is very tolerant and will often do well in very dry soil than it would probably do in a moist soil.

Foam Flower

Foam flower is a beautiful native North American plant that when fully grown forms a very dense mat of quality foliage. The plant often blooms in spring producing a delightful series of pink flowers. Foam flowers will tolerate dry conditions albeit they will spread slowly compared to when the soil is relatively moist.

Bigroot Geranium

The plan is actually one of the best perennials that can do well in dry conditions. However, there are not many varieties available and you should always take your time to pick the perfect variety. The plant will often hold up well in dry soil rich in organic matter but performs even better in moist soil conditions.

Dry shade can be a challenge in gardening but there are still a number of plants that can do well in these dry conditions.

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2 thoughts on “Perennials That Do Well In Dry Shade

  1. I stopped by to thank you for following my blog. I’m going to try and start my garden this year if I can get the painting done. We are in a wet zone all winter then no water till winter again.

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