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A Few Favorite Spring Perennials

In this post, I’d like to share some amazing shade perennials I discovered on clearance. They are mid-spring favorites suitable for many Midwest gardens that are mostly shaded. Take a look at some other perennials that pair well with these fantastic finds.

Shade Perennial Finds

Ajuga Chocolate Chip and China Tulip
China Tulip in Bloom

As the China tulips were in full bloom, I noticed the Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ plant I had added to the garden last year was also blooming. Its blue flowers contrasted beautifully against the dark foliage, catching the eye from over 10 feet away. I knew I needed more of them! Later, at Meijer, where I had originally purchased the plant, I found a few more. To my delight, they were on clearance.

Adjacent to the Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’, there were several containers of Viola Etain that appeared stunning, so I picked up a few to incorporate into the same garden bed. The plants were in such robust health that it was surprising to find them on clearance. With the summer-like weather we’ve been experiencing as we near our last frost date here in Ohio, it’s no surprise that items are on clearance.

Shade / Sun Perennial Pairing

After bringing the plants home and arranging the containers in the garden alongside other plants, some varieties truly distinguished themselves. Here are a few of the types in this garden that looked remarkable together.  These are all planted under a large maple tree which is really another story to tell!

  • Athyrium ‘Crested Surf’
  • Hosta ‘Wateslide’
  • Hosta ‘Atlantis’
  • Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’
  • Viola Etain
  • Tulips

These are just a few of the fantastic finds in my home garden.  Bookmark my website to find out more!

Hosta and Viola
Hosta, Painted Fern and Viola

Ajuga Chocolate Chip and Viola Etain Video

While I was at the Meijer store where I originally bought the plant, I took a look around. It was a fortunate day for me; I discovered three quart-sized plants of this variety on clearance. I suspect they were reduced because we’re approaching the last frost date, and these spring bloomers needed to be sold. Regardless, the plants were in excellent condition.  Here is a video with all the details:

The video on this page is from my Bren Haas YouTube Channel.  Be sure to follow by subscribing if you are a YOUTUBE User.


Let’s Connect

In conclusion, I’d like to thank you for checking out my blog post today. I hope it has provided you with ideas for plants that thrive together in shaded garden areas like mine. If you have any questions or would simply like to say ‘hello,’ feel free to leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to connect with me through the social media links provided, and be sure to share and tag me!

Happy Spring Gardening,

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