6 Partial Sun Perennial Flowers

Written by Crystal
Published: September 28, 2022
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Are you thinking about planting partial sun perennial flowers? Then buy some new pots!

Growing perennials in pots provide you with a unique advantage. You’ll suddenly have a versatile and aesthetically pleasing way of displaying all sorts of plants. You’ll be able to easily grow plants that might not thrive in the open garden because they need partial shade or because they’re not particularly hardy.

Sometimes partial sun perennials work great as a herbaceous border. But you’ll have to decide for yourself after exploring your options. Are you ready to get started planning your yard?

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Read on to learn about some of the best partial sun perennial flowers to plant this season.

1. Filipendula Palmata ‘Rubra’

filipendula palmata

Filipendula grows best in moist, well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade.

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Are you looking for partial shade perennial flowers that do well in zones 3 through 9? Then you’ll love this plant. Showcasing stark upright flowers, Filipendula palmata ‘Rubra’ is a beautiful flowering plant native to China. This flower has extra large pollen spores. It is a member of the rose family and has large, deep pink flowers.

Filipendula grows best in moist, well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade. When planting, be sure to space the plants evenly, so they have room to grow. Filipendula palmata ‘Rubra’ is a relatively low-maintenance plant, but it must be watered regularly during the growing season.

Deadheading the spent flowers will encourage new growth and prolong the blooming period. With proper care, Filipendula palmata ‘Rubra’ will provide months of beauty in the garden. For a fast spread, plant these perennials in a boggy garden. Propagation works best by seed in autumn or by division during the winter.

2. Veratrum Nigrum

veratrum nigrum
Veratrum nigrum

is also relatively drought tolerant, making it an ideal choice for gardens in dry climates.


Veratrum nigrum is a perennial flowering plant native to southern Europe and Asia. The flowers are small and chocolate purple in color, and the leaves are oval and deeply pleated with brilliant green colors. The plant typically grows in clumps, and the flowers are arranged in branched plumes.

Veratrum nigrum is one of the best partial sun perennial flowers because of its ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. The plant is tolerant of full sun and partial shade and prefers well-drained soil.

Veratrum nigrum is also relatively drought tolerant, making it an ideal choice for gardens in dry climates. When planting Veratrum nigrum, it is important to space the plants adequately to allow for proper air circulation. If the plants are too close, they may be susceptible to powdery mildew. This perennial is a beautiful addition to any garden, and with proper care, it will bloom profusely throughout the summer months.

3. Eupatorium Purpureum

Joe Pye weed

Another name for

Eupatorium purpureum

is Joe Pye weed.


If you’re looking for a perennial that does well in partial shade, consider Eupatorium purpureum. Also known as Joe Pye weed, this plant is characterized by small, tubular flowers that grow in dense terminal heads. The petals are pink or purple, and the leaves are coarse and lance-shaped.

This plant is a favorite among gardeners, but it can be difficult to use on a border because of its height. Eupatorium or Joe Pye weed can grow up to six feet tall! However, its showy flowers make it a good choice for naturalizing an area or filling in a large space in the garden. So if you’re willing to give it some room to spread out, Joe Pye weed can be a beautiful addition to your landscape.

4. Doronicum Pardalianches

Leopard's Bane


‘s Bane blooms in late spring and is great for naturalizing gardens


Doronicum pardalianches, more commonly known as Leopard’s Bane, is a beautiful perennial that’s also hardy. It has a clump-forming, tuberous spreading habit, and its flowers are small and daisy-like. The flower petals are rich, clear yellow in color, and the leaves are bright green and heart-shaped with soft, hairy bristles.

Leopard’s Bane blooms in late spring and is great for naturalizing gardens. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade but can also grow in full sun. This is the plant for you if you are looking for blooms that take your breath away.

If you want an easier-to-care-for option, go to the doronicum’s cousin, the digitalis ferruginea. This is also one of the best partial sun perennials. These hardy plants are known for their beautiful funnel-shaped flowers, which bloom in midsummer. The petals are golden brown and white, and the leaves are olive to mid-green.

5. Lamium Maculatum

Lamium Maculatum or white nancy

The Lamium Maculatum flowers appear in spike-like clusters that bloom during the late spring and throughout the summer.

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Lamium maculatum, also known as white nancy, is a mat-forming small perennial with two-lipped flowers. The flowers have a hooded appearance, and they’re dense. They appear in spike-like clusters that bloom during the late spring and throughout the summer. The petals are pure white, and the leaves are evergreen.

Sometimes the leaves will have a nice silver-white color too. These perennials do best in cool, moist, well-drained soil. They’ll thrive in partial shade and also do well in full shape. They enjoy good ground cover but dislike winter moisture.

White nancy is an important plant in cottage gardens, and they’re also used as ground cover in shady borders. They grow up to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Do yourself a favor by getting this low-maintenance plant. It’ll provide beauty all season long and a pop of white contrast.

6. Dicentra ‘Stuart Boothman’

Dicentra 'Stuart Boothman'

The Stuart Boothman flowers are small and pendant and sit on arching stems.

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Dicentra ‘Stuart Boothman’ is a beautiful, clump-forming perennial that blooms in late spring and summer. The flowers are small and pendant, and they sit on arching stems. The native habitat of this plant is the garden, and it does well in moist, well-drained soil.

These partial shade perennial flowers enjoy shady woodland gardens and work well as a herbaceous border. Additionally, the deep pink flowers of this plant add a calming color to any garden. If you are looking for a stunning perennial to add to your garden, consider Dicentra ‘Stuart Boothman’. You will not be disappointed!

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Crystal is a dedicated writer at A-Z Animals, focusing on topics related to mammals, insects, and travel. With over a decade of experience in the world of research and writing, she also fulfills the role of a skilled video and audio engineer. Residing in sunny Florida, alligators are Crystal's favorite animal.

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