All plants need sunlight to survive. It is, after all, necessary for the production of food that nourishes plants from roots to green leaves. However, not all plants wither and die in low-light conditions.
There are hardy plant species that not only survive but also thrive despite not being in direct sunlight. Shade tolerant plants adapt well to the shade or partial sun and are an excellent choice for growing a beautiful shade garden.
Shade Loving Perennials
Today we’ll be looking at the best foliage plants that grow and thrive in low-light areas. Let’s get started!
Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that is native to Japan. They are known for their clustered blooms that come in a wide variety of colors, including the white, deep shade of blue, red, pink, and purple, depending on the acidity of soil they’re grown in. These the right plants that will grow perfectly in partial shade.
Ferns are a popular choice for shade gardens because of their ability to grow in moist and shady places and gardens. They love shady locations or spots.
Their frilly leaves may look delicate, but these plants are hardier than you think. They also add colorful interest to your shady yard or garden.
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For example, Autumn ferns change their colors along with the season. In spring or late spring, they start out as coppery pink before turning green in the summer. When fall comes, this cultivar turns into a warm shade of rust.
Hosta plants are hardy Shade Loving Perennials that thrive well in full shade gardens. They live long and are known for their attractive foliage that runs from pale yellows to deep blue-greens.
They also come in a wide variety of sizes, heights, textures, and colors. What’s more, hostas bloom beautiful white or purple flowers, so they make a viable option for making a shade garden beautiful.
Impatiens or touch-me-nots are annual or perennial flower herbs with succulent stems. Too much sun can actually wither these shade lovers making them perfect for shade gardens.
These low-maintenance plants have blue-green foliage and flowers that come in different varieties of bright colors like blue flowers, purple, red, orange, white, pink, and yellow.
Bleeding Heart is known for its heart-shaped pink and white flowers. It belongs to the poppy family and originated in Asia.
These Shade Loving Perennials grow best in partial shade with rich and moist soil. Their bloom time is in the early spring until early summer.
They bloom in autumn and spring before the mid to late summer heat.
Tiarella or foamflower are garden plants native to Asia and North America that belong to the saxifrage family. This shade-loving plant produces sprays of small flowers that shoot up in spires from a small mound of foliage.
They are low maintenance making them a great choice, they bloom in the spring, and they have colorful foliage that grows in the autumn. These perennials also make for a good ground cover.
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Azaleas are flowering shrubs that bloom in the spring, with their flowers lasting several weeks. They are very shade tolerant, and they grow well near or under shade trees.
They feature red, pink flowers, and white blossoms, and they thrive in acidic, well-drained soil and moderate temperatures.
Canadian Hemlock is a member of the pine family. These evergreen hardy plants are pyramidal in shape and thrive in part shade with rich and moist soil.
These feature soft, feathery evergreen needles that are deep green with two parallel, whitish bands on the underside. They form a flat, horizontal spray on the twig.
Boston Ivy is a flowering plant in the grape family native to eastern Asia in Korea, Japan, and northern and eastern China.
These deciduous, shade-loving hardy perennials vine with bluish fruits and bright red fall foliage. These are ornamentals that are often grown on buildings, walls, and fences for their aesthetic beauty.
Astilbe are hardy herbaceous shade perennials that are cultivated by gardeners for their large, handsome, often fern-like foliage and dense, feathery plumes of flowers.
They feature long-blooming, plume-like flowers in soft shades of white, pink, and red, and the flowers are held on tall, stiff stalks above the airy foliage.
These plants bloom from spring to summer, and they thrive in either full sun or partial shade.
Dead nettles are herbaceous native plants to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.
They thrive in the shade with rich and moist soil conditions. They have flowers that come in white, purple, and pink, and silver-variegated leaves.
Even More Shade Plants You May Like
- Lenten rose
- Ostrich fern
- Japanese painted fern
- Lavender Flowers
- Maidenhair fern
- Japanese forest grass
- Lily of the valley
- Geranium phaeum
- Digitalis purpurea
- Coral bells
While there are challenges to growing a shade garden, you can still grow lush ornamentals as long as you know which species to plant.
The colorful garden plants listed above are just some of the most beautiful options for you to choose from.
Have you successfully grown shade-loving perennials in your garden? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.
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