Perennials for partial shade need three to six hours of sunshine a day, preferably in the morning to miss the hottest time of the day. Give the plant the conditions they need and the plants will reward you with flowers of all colors and sizes throughout the growing season.
Northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum) is also known as Maidenhair Fern. The plant produces dark-green fronds that measure from 8 to 20 inches long growing in a fan pattern. Burgundy colored fiddleheads bloom in the spring. Plant northern maidenhair in full or partial shade and as soil that is rich, moist and well-drained. The plant is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
Foamflower (Tiarella 'Black Snowflake') grows from 8 to12 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide. The plant produces green leaves with black centers that start out as almost all black when young. Medium-sized white or pink flowers bloom in late spring growing in long, narrow clusters. Plant foamflower in full or partial shade and a soil that is moist and well-drained. The plant is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 9.
Carpet bugle (Ajuga genevensis) grows from 6 to 8 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide. The plant grows round evergreen leaves and medium-sized, deep-blue flowers that bloom from mid-spring to early summer. Plant carpet bugle in full or partial shade and a soil that is moist. The plant is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 9.
Italian arum (Arum italicum) grows from 8 to 12 inches tall and about the same in width. The plant features leathery, deep-green, variegated, arrow-shaped leaves that appear in the fall and last through the next spring. White flowers appear in May growing in long, vertical, clusters that give way to clusters of orange berries in August. Plant Italian arum in full or partial shade and a soil that is moist. The plant is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.
Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata 'Manita') grows from 10 to 12 inches tall and 18 to 23 inches wide with bright green leaves growing close to the ground and tiny white-indigo flowers that grow in clusters from late spring through early summer. Plant woodland phlox in full sun, partial shade or full shade and a moist soil. The plant is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.