Flowers for shade, especially perennials, are usually associated with springtime, before the leaf canopy fills in and blocks most of the sunlight. We do have a few summer blooms in our shady back garden, though.
There’s a ‘Darlow’s Engima’ rambling rose growing on an arch that leads into the Back Garden. It would probably like more sun than it gets, as its flowers are fairly sparse.
Sparse or not, they have a lovely fragrance.
Purple-Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratum) likes shade and generally blooms throughout the summer.
The flowers are pretty and the big maple-shaped leaves are attractive, but the fruit is nothing to write home about.
Some say that Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) wants full sun, but the rhizomes I planted here in part shade seem perfectly happy. I just have to make sure they don’t overwhelm the Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) growing at lower right.
While I aim to emphasize white flowers in the Back Garden, many of the summer-blooming perennials that like it here bloom in red, purple, and yellow.
White summer flowers are provided by ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) which has big poofy-looking clusters of bloom through much of the summer. You can cut this plant back hard since it blooms on new growth.
Are there any summer-blooming perennials in your shade garden right now?