(Perovskia atriplicifolia)Its blue and amethyst flowers and silvery-green foliage start in midsummer and last through midfall with little water or upkeep. The habit of 'Denim 'n Lace' (shown) is perkier than those of other Russian sages, making it a nice fit behind shorter plants in a border. This sage grows up to 32 inches high and wide.Full sun; Zones 4–9Check out our Plant Hardiness Zone Map to see what zone you live in.

Expert Picks for Colorful Fall Perennials

(Perovskia atriplicifolia)Its blue and amethyst flowers and silvery-green foliage start in midsummer and last through midfall with little water or upkeep. The habit of 'Denim 'n Lace' (shown) is perkier than those of other Russian sages, making it a nice fit behind shorter plants in a border. This sage grows up to 32 inches high and wide.Full sun; Zones 4–9Check out our Plant Hardiness Zone Map to see what zone you live in.

"Emerald Mist" Brunnera. Shady plant... Have this in my shade garden. Love it!

"Emerald Mist" Brunnera. Shady plant... Have this in my shade garden. Love it!

Look out for Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Sunrise' it's a real stunner as you can see!

Look out for Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Sunrise' it's a real stunner as you can see!

Grounded design by Thomas Rainer. Mexican Feather Grass and Salvia 'Cardona'.

Grounded design by Thomas Rainer. Mexican Feather Grass and Salvia 'Cardona'.

Latin Name:    Pulmonaria  Common Name(s:) Lungwort    USDA Zone:    USDA Zones 4 - 8  Mature Size:    Height: 10 - 14", Spread: 18"  Exposure:    Shade to Partial Shade. Can tolerate more sun if kept moist.  Bloom Period:    Early Spring. Pulmonaria is one of the first perennials to bloom.

Light Up Shady Spots With Flowering Plants

Latin Name: Pulmonaria Common Name(s:) Lungwort USDA Zone: USDA Zones 4 - 8 Mature Size: Height: 10 - 14", Spread: 18" Exposure: Shade to Partial Shade. Can tolerate more sun if kept moist. Bloom Period: Early Spring. Pulmonaria is one of the first perennials to bloom.

Saxifraga, a great plant to use in rocks

Saxifraga, a great plant to use in rocks

Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Sulphureum Fairy Wings)

Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Sulphureum Fairy Wings)

Winter Aconite (Eranthis Hyemalis) - Suttons Seeds and Plants

Winter Aconite (Eranthis Hyemalis) - Suttons Seeds and Plants

Torch Lilies (Kniphofia uvaria)  - zones 4-8

Torch Lilies (Kniphofia uvaria) - zones 4-8

Surefire Shade Combo: Hosta + Astilbe. With their fernlike foliage and lovely, lacy spires of blossoms in shades of white, pink, red, and purple, shade-loving astilbes make the perfect foil for additional beds filled with hosta. In fact, astilbe -- sometimes called false spirea -- and hosta are two of the very best shade-garden companions. They look absolutely wonderful mass-planted together in slightly shady locations, especially with variegated foliage and different hues of flowers.

What Should I Plant Together?

Surefire Shade Combo: Hosta + Astilbe. With their fernlike foliage and lovely, lacy spires of blossoms in shades of white, pink, red, and purple, shade-loving astilbes make the perfect foil for additional beds filled with hosta. In fact, astilbe -- sometimes called false spirea -- and hosta are two of the very best shade-garden companions. They look absolutely wonderful mass-planted together in slightly shady locations, especially with variegated foliage and different hues of flowers.

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