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You know that forlorn-looking patch of yard that never sees the sun? It could use a little love too, lady. Which is why we checked in with our friend Kate Karam, editorial director of Monrovia, for the 12 loveliest, shade-loving-est perennials around.

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Pink Elf Saxifrage

This cheerful border plant is happiest when planted in a lightly shaded rock garden or woodland setting. (Psst: They’re also happy in pots.)

 

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Red Leafed Mukdenia

This herbacious perennial changes colors with the seasons and sprouts the prettiest white, bell-shaped flowers in spring. Use it as a groundcover for woodland gardens or an accent for borders.

 

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Blue Note Blue-Eyed Grass

How sweet are these dainty blue flowers? Karam recommends tucking these cuties among rockery or planting near the edge of a pond.

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Redstone Falls Trailing Foamy Bells

With its low, trailing habit, this ruffled, colorful plant is ideal for use as a dramatic groundcover.

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Hot Lips Turtlehead

We swoon for these pink, snapdragon-like flowers, which thrive in shaded settings and prefer moist conditions.

 

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Black Negligee Snakeroot

Add some moody purple vibes to your garden with this fragrant herbaceous perennial.

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Windcliff Fragrant Pachysandra

The unique, flowering evergreen loves shade or dappled sun conditions.

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Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells

For an illuminating effect, add this gorgeous green and silver-white plant (which turns pink when temperatures cool in the fall). Swoon.

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Gotemba Golden Japanese Spikenard

How beautiful are those berry clusters? This beauty makes a sensational tall accent for a semi-shaded border or woodland garden.

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Beesia

The heart-shaped leaves! The star-shaped flowers! This lovely, fuss-free filler is perfect for a narrow bed, tree understory or woodland garden.

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Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart

For garden romance, add these deep red flowers, which prefers cool Northern climates and steal the show in a shade border or container.

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Grecian Pattern Plant

Once established, this handsome, structural plant is super tolerant of dry shade conditions. We call that one tough cookie.

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