Last year, I decided to add some earlier blooming perennials to my shade garden. They did not disappoint. The blue and pink ruffled flowers of my Pulmonaria (top) put on quite a show. Their lightly speckled leaves are an added bonus.
And the bright and cheery yellow blooms of the ground cover Leopard's Bane (bottom) can't help but bring a smile to your face. Both perennials have proven to do well in my heavy clay soil and both have doubled in size!