Master Gardener Chris Woods goes down the list of best bets for shade loving garden staples in Alaska. His recommendations steer you towards perennial favorites such as Bleeding Heart, Lilly of the Valley, and Forget-Me-Not, but also includes some more exotically named choices such as the False Goat’s Beard and Lungwort.
Finding the plants that grow well in shade can be challenging but is not impossible. There are many perennials that will grow nicely for us in the shade and this list is not exhaustive. Our particular lot has many birch trees and has posed a challenge to grow plants that need more light and it has become clear to me that shade plants love it here. It has taken a while to find the right fit of plants to these shadier areas and persistence has definitely paid off. The following plants grow well in Alaska and will grow well in shade and provide beauty and interest in the garden with just a little care.