I’d like to write about tall perennials that like shade, but I haven’t come across any. The best flower for shade is the astilbe (shown). It has pretty leaves and shoots up tall, colorful and feathery-looking flowers. It is available in many colors and I especially love the white. But the flowers are tall and not necessarily the actual plant.
Hostas are also well known as shade loving plants, but they grow close to the ground with tall shoots that hold their tiny flowers.
Another favorite for the shade is the bleeding heart.
Of course many hydrangeas can do well in partly shaded locations and I plan to try some in my front yard. The truth is that most flowering plants need a lot of sun to look good, but arranging the plants I have mentioned here in a grouping beneath trees, or in any shaded area, can be beautiful as well.