Shade Designer Garden

Shade Designer Garden

Made to be Displayed in the Shade

Gardening in the shade can be a challenge, especially when trying to grow flowering plants. But don't give up! The shade-loving perennials in the Breck's Shade Designer Garden will let you have both a cool, shady yard and beautiful flowers for years to come.

Each carefully selected variety in this collection will provide lively colour and pronounced texture to shaded parts of the garden. Our experts have chosen some of the finest fern, hosta, astilbe, lily-of-the-valley, begonia and foxglove varieties available anywhere!

The varieties in this collection cover an area of approximately 72 square feet (6' x 12'). This garden is suitable for hardiness zones 4–8. It should be planted in well-drained soil where it will receive part to full shade.

This Designer Garden includes the following:
  • 10 Lily-of-the-Valley
  • 3 Foxglove Mixture
  • 1 Elegans Hosta
  • 1 Red Fanal Astilbe
  • 1 Reblooming Pink Bleeding Heart
  • 1 Lady Fern
  • 1 Maidenhair Fern

Lily-of-the-Valley: Its clusters of tiny, white bells add charm and fragrance to every spring garden setting. Thrives in shade, spreading rapidly to create carpets of emerald foliage. Excellent under trees and in foundation beds, borders and banks.
Convallaria majalis
Size: #1 Root
Height: 6–8"
Bloom Time: Mid to Late Spring

Foxglove Mixture: Its tubular flowers are favourites of nectarseeking hummingbirds and butterflies. This mix of colourful blooms will open in onesided racemes atop tall, leafy spires. Leave faded flowers in place, and they will self-sow to provide new foxgloves next year.
Size: #1 Plant
Height: 4–5'
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer

Elegans Hosta: A large hosta with thick, well-veined, smokyblue leaves that grow in clumps. Its racemes of funnel-shaped blooms are mostly white but are sometimes tinged with lilac at the base. The flower clusters grow atop scapes that rise well above the foliage.
Hosta sieboldiana
Size: 2–3 Eye Root
Height: 20–24"
Bloom Time: Early to Mid Summer

Red Fanal Astilbe: An absolute must for any astilbe planting. Scarlet-red plumes will truly stand out in your flower garden with their deep, rich colour. Each contains hundreds of florets that create eye-popping beauty wherever they are grown.
Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal'
Size: 2-3 Eye Root
Height: 20"
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer

Reblooming Pink Bleeding Heart: Produces pink, heart-shaped flowers with an extended blooming season and lovely fernlike foliage in a compact growth habit. Flowering may continue all summer in cooler climates. Blooming tends to pause in hot weather and then resume in late summer or early fall.
Dicentra eximinia
Size: #1 Plant
Height: 14–16"
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Fall

Lady Fern: This pretty lady bears lacy fronds up to 30" tall and 24" wide to create a lush, fluffy form that's sure to please. Makes a wonderful addition to darkened borders or woodland areas, where its soft green colour lightens up the shadowed spaces with ease.
Anthyrium felix-femina
Size: #1 Plant
Height: 30"
Peak Foliage: Mid Spring to Late Fall

Maiden Hair Fern: Ethereal and delicate, this fern's name is derived from the appearance of its feathery, circular fronds. They grow outward in flat fans that resemble the plaited coifs worn by maidens in olden days. This fern can also be grown indoors in a humid room with diffused light.
Adiantum pedatum
Size: #1 Plant
Peak Foliage: Mid Spring to Late Fall
  • Light

    Partial Shade, Full Shade
  • Size

  • Zone

  • Bloom Time

    This collection provides color (flowers) from late spring until late summer to early fall.
  • Height

    6 - 60 inches
  • Soil Requirement

    Well drained, average moisture level.
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  • FormPerennial
  • Hardiness Zone4-8
  • Flowering TimeThis collection provides color (flowers) from late spring until late summer to early fall.
  • Light RequirementsPartial Shade, Full Shade
  • Flower ColorThis collection contains perennials in all kinds of colors; see individual varieties.
  • Flower FormSee individual varieties for details.
  • Foliage TypeSee individual varieties for details.
  • Growth RateMedium
  • Height/Habit6 - 60 inches
  • Planting InstructionsPlant the bareroot plants with their eyes (sprouts) just below the soil. Water well after planting.
  • Soil RequirementsWell drained, average moisture level.
  • Will TolerateAcidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
  • PruningNot needed. See individual varieties for details (some varieties will produce new flowers when spent flowers are removed).

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Based on the contents of your order we always strive to ship your order complete, and as early as possible in the planting season to allow for the best root development once planted.

To promote optimum stress protection in transit and your success in the garden, bareroot perennials are kept in the ground in our nurseries until fully dormant. In the Fall these plants tend to arrive at the later end of the shipping window above.

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  • Tropical Plants
    Zones Shipping Dates Last Order Date
    3A - 5B 5/3/24 - 6/7/24 6/3/24
    6A 4/29/24 - 6/7/24 6/3/24
    6B - 7A 4/22/24 - 6/7/24 6/3/24
    7B - 8A 4/8/24 - 5/31/24 5/27/24
    8B - 9A 4/1/24 - 5/31/24 5/27/24
    9B - 10B 3/25/24 - 5/31/24 5/27/24
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    Total Order Add
    Up to $40.00 order $10.95
    $40.01 to $60.00 $14.95
    $60.01 to $80.00 $16.95
    $80.01 to $100.00 $18.95
    $100.01 to over $20.95
  • Bareroot Perennials & Bulbs
    Zones Shipping Dates
    3A-4B 3/20/23 - 6/9/23
    5A-5B 3/13/23 - 6/9/23
    6A-6B 3/5/23 - 6/9/23
    7A-7B 2/27/23 - 6/9/23
    8A-8B 2/20/23 - 6/9/23
    9A-10B 2/13/23 - 6/9/23
    Last Order Date 6/5/2023
  • House Plants
    Zones Shipping Dates Last Order Date
    3A-6B 4/10/23 - 6/2/23 5/29/2023
    7A-10B 3/13/23 - 6/2/23 5/29/2023
  • Hellebores
    Zones Shipping Dates Last Order Date
    3A-10B 4/24/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/2023
  • Tropical Plants
    Zones Shipping Dates
    3A-5A 5/5/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    5B 5/1/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    6A 4/27/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    6B 4/24/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    7A 4/13/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    7B 4/10/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    8A-8B 4/3/23 - 6/2/23 5/29/2023
    9A-10B 3/27/23 - 6/2/23 5/29/2023
  • Potted Perennials
    Zones Shipping Dates Last Order Date
    3A-4B 5/1/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    5A 4/10/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    5B 3/27/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    6A 3/13/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    6B 2/27/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    7A 2/23/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    7B 2/20/23 - 6/9/23 6/5/23
    8A 2/16/23 - 5/12/23 5/8/23
    8B 2/13/23 - 5/12/23 5/8/23
    9A-10B 2/6/23 - 5/12/23 5/8/23
  • Shipping & Handling Charges
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    Up to $40.00 order $10.95
    $40.01 to $60.00 $14.95
    $60.01 to $80.00 $16.95
    $80.01 to $100.00 $18.95
    $100.01 to over $20.95

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