Heucheras, bleeding hearts, hostas, hydrangeas, azaleas and ferns are some shade-loving perennials. Gardens that get less than four hours of sun per day require shade-tolerant plants.
Perennials are plants that grow for many years. The best time to plant perennials is in the early fall. The ground is still warm, giving the roots time to establish for the spring.
Shade-loving perennials grow best in partial-to-full shade and require proper soil conditions. Most shade perennials prefer hydrated soil. In the spring, add a layer of shredded leaves and compost, then a top layer of mulch. This helps the perennials retain water and optimizes growth.