This page lists alphabetically genera or species from P-Z recommended for growing in shade by members of the PBS list, sometimes with comments, followed by the name and the location of the person who suggested them, usually from experience growing them. There are links for more information and if we have photos of these plants on the wiki, we have included a few photos to illustrate them on this page.
Prosartes smithii, syn. Disporum smithii, was recommended by a gardener who notes it grows in the shade in coastal Northern California. Mary Sue Ittner has a plant in her garden she grew from seed that grows in the shade and comes back every year and after many years is now starting to increase.
Pseudomuscari azureum (syn. Muscari azureum) was suggested by Jane McGary, northwestern Oregon, to be treated as a ground cover grown under trees and shrubs interplanted with ajuga or some similar controllable ground cover to conceal the dying leaves.
Roscoea was a favorite genus of shade bulbs for Boyce Tankersley in Galveston, Texas, zone 8.
Sauromatum venosum was suggested by a grower who has this species in partial shade in Northern California.
Scadoxus puniceus was the top Scadoxus choice of Jim Shields, Ohio, for warm climates and greenhouses and was recommended by Rhoda McMaster, South Africa, for its showy red flowers in spring to early summer followed by red berries.
Tricyrtis yellow spotted purple or red flowered species look better growing in the shade according to Matthew Gale, Birmingham, UK.
Trillium was recommended by Judy Glattstein from New Jersey as an elegant addition to the spring garden in the northeastern United States and by Rodger Whitlock, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Jim Shields, central Indiana. Jane McGary, Oregon commented that for the Mediterranean climates the western American ones do much better than the more numerous eastern species and the rare-in-cultivation East Asian ones. Some of the western American species are pictured below.
Trillium grandiflorum was a favorite of Boyce Tankersley for Chicago, Illinois zone 5.
Uvularia grandiflora was suggested because this species grows in partial shade in Northern California. It is a woodland plant native from Canada to the southeastern United States and it has been seen growing in deciduous shade in the midwest (United States).
Veltheimia bracteata has gorgeous leaves, is in bloom for a long time and there is great anticipation as it unfolds. It has only a short dormant period and can tolerate sun too. Favored by Digby Boswell and Rhoda McMaster, South Africa; Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California; Pat Colville and Jennifer Hildebrand, Southern California.
Zantedeschia aethiopica was recommended by Ann, Southern California, and by Rhoda McMaster from South Africa. It has naturalized in coastal Northern California. Rhoda also suggested the 'Green Goddess' variety with green-tipped flowers.