Shade gardens are very popular among gardeners because of their soothing and relaxing effect. Shade gardens have a variety of shade garden plants that require varying degrees of shade. It is relatively easy to maintain shade gardens, as shade plants do not require frequent watering. Choosing the best shade garden plants according the amount of light in the shady area. You can choose shade-loving perennials as the permanent backbone design of the shade garden. Perennials often bloom for a few weeks only, but their foliage provides color and texture throughout the growing season. Astilbe thrives in partial shade. Its spiked blooms are shades of pink, white and red. Other shade perennials include campanula, helleborus, heuchera, bluebells, columbine, bergenia, bleeding heart and lily-of-the-valley.