The dainty, forget-me-not type blue flowers appear in April, right after the foliage emerges. This shade-loving perennial comes in plain green, as well as several silver-leafed varieties and one with variegated foliage.
'Jack Frost' - green leaves with a silvery overlay
'Looking Glass' PP17829 - solid silver overlay
'Silver Heart' PP24685 - bright silver
'Variegata' green with white edges
A classic for the shade garden. D. spectabilis is a large variety that has arching stems of heart-shaped pink blooms. D. spe. 'Gold Heart' has the same blooms, but with striking golden yellow foliage. The dwarf varieties have finely cut foliage, smaller flowers, and continue blooming into the summer:
'Luxuriant' - ferny foliage and small, light pink, heart-shaped flowers
'King of Hearts' - ferny foliage and small, dark pink blooms
This shade lover is one of the earliest to bloom, often blooming February. Many varieties are available, with large single or double blooms. The evergreen foliage grows 18-24" tall.
'Cinnamon Snow' - single cream flowers with cinnamon overlay
'Ivory Prince' - single ivory-colored blooms
'New York Night' - single dark purple blooms
'Rome in Red' - single maroon blooms
'Sunshine Ruffles' - double yellow with red edges
'Winter Thrillers Mix' - single & double blooms all colors
A native to woody areas, this perennial produces large, golden yellow, butter-cup shaped blooms in early spring. Prefers a moist soil, and naturalizes well. Perfect for shady rain gardens. Grows 24" tall.