This page lists alphabetically genera or species from D-G 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.
Dracunculus vulgaris was a favorite bulb for shade of Boyce Tankersley when he lived in St. Louis, Missouri, zone 6.
Erythronium is a popular choice for shade and was mentioned by Rodger Whitlock, British Columbia, Canada, who said some of the species seemed to do well in semi-shade rather than deep shade. It was also recommended by Jim Shields, central Indiana. The western species are adapted to dry summers. They can be difficult to obtain, but can be grown from seed, flowering in about 4 years.
Erythronium americanum was one of Boyce Tankersley's favorite woodland bulbs during a time he lived on the west coast of Scotland.
Erythronium howellii is recommended by Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California who especially likes the leaves that are very dramatic when they first appear and still beautiful as they become more green as time passes.
Erythronium multiscapideum is a good choice for summer dry gardens in areas that do not get very cold in winter. It is recommended by Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California and Jane McGary, Oregon. It is an early bloomer.
Erythronium revolutum was the favorite fawn lily of Ernie O'Byrne, Oregon who loves the mottling on the leaves and the large dark or light pink flowers, and the proportion of flower to leaf. It is a plant of cool conditions in Oregon's coastal mountains. Jane McGary noted it was a popular choice for gardens and Rodger Whitlock, British Columbia, Canada, that it enjoyed shady damp conditions.
Fritillaria was mentioned by Jane McGary, Oregon, who noted that many species grow in woodland so could be considered for shade, but all are vulnerable to slugs and snails which also can be found in shade.
Galanthus was favored by Boyce Tankersley in Chicago, Illinois zone 5 and St. Louis Missouri zone 6 and by Jamie Vande, Cologne, Germany. Judy Glattstein from New Jersey wrote: "Galanthus needs must include a diversity of species: common Galanthus nivalis, larger and earlier Galanthus elwesii, bright green leafed Galanthus woronowii, and any others you might happen to have available."
Globba is a rhizomatous genus in the Zingiberaceae family recommended by Tim Chapman, south Louisiana. Boyce Tankersley recommended this family from his time spent in the cloud forests of southern Costa Rica.