Experts and BHG readers answer.
What is a good late-season flowering perennial that can tolerate shade?
Most shade-loving perennials are spring bloomers, but there are several that come into their glory late in the year. Golden Fleece goldenrod (Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece') is one of the few shade-tolerant plants with yellow blooms. It bears bright golden flowers in late summer and fall. Japanese anemone (Anemone hybrida) blooms into early fall, adding color to the late-season gar-den. Plants are 2-3 feet tall with white, pink, or rosy flowers. Toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) is a gracefully arching plant with white and purple blooms in fall. Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) sends up spikes of pink flowers late in the season. Blooms resemble a turtle's head poking out of its shell.