The flower blooming season seems all too short in New England, so it's important that the gardens there be filled with brilliant colors--even if it means finding colorful flowers for the shady parts of the garden. Not all flowers need the fullness of the sun to show their beautiful hues. Some will do just fine with less than 4 hours of sunlight each day.
Nothing proclaims the arrival of spring like the colorful crocus, which usually pops up in New England gardens in mid to latter March. They are cup-shaped and come in white, yellow, lavender and purple. They are about 2-6 inches tall.
Gorgeous hues of pink, purple, red and white make impatiens a popular choice for New England gardeners. They flourish in the shade and because they are less than a foot high, keep the color close to the ground--a nice feature in a shady area.
Daylilies are a perennial that comes in just about every color of the rainbow. They are a standard in most shade gardens because they are very easy to grow and tolerate shade and various soil conditions quite well. Their large flower and lengthy blooming time makes them a New England favorite.
Asters come in white as well as alternating shades of pink and purple. When your shade garden needs some pop, turn to the aster for just that. They will grow about 6 inches in the shade as opposed to almost 1 foot in full sun, but their petals are just as colorful and big as those on the sunny side of the garden.
Pansies don't mind the shade at all. They add not only color to the shaded areas, but a delightful essence with their cute little flower "faces." They also tolerate cooler temperatures, making them the perfect choice for New England gardens due to the fleeting summer season.
Begonias not only have pink, white, yellow and red flowers, but their waxy leaves also seem to draw attention to its beauty. They are hardy and will bloom throughout the season. Some varieties have rose-like blossoms, but are about less than half the size.