If you thought nothing would grow on your shady plot of ground, think again, You have several plant choices, many of which produce flowers, so that your little shady corner of the world can be a blooming kaleidoscope of color just like your sunny neighbor’s yard.
There is full shade, partial shade and dappled sunlight, observe your landscape to define exactly what shade degrees each area has.
A full shade area receives no direct sunlight and is usually located under trees or on the north side of a building.
Partial shade means the area receives two hours or less of direct sunlight each day.
Dappled sunlight is a shady area that has sun penetrating through tree or shrub leaves.
These shade loving plants will thrive and produce blooms in full or partial shade or dappled sunlight:
* Anemones – Single or double blooms show up in late spring or early summer. Hardy in zones 5-9.
* Bleeding heart – Chains of pink or white heart shaped blooms in spring. Hardy in zones 3-9.
* Bugbane – Long flower brushes adored by butterflies. Hardy in zone 4-8.
* Coral bells – Bell- shaped red or pink spring blooming flowers. Hardy in zones 4-9.
* Corydalis – Dainty tube-shaped flowers in blue, yellow or white. Blooms in spring. Hardy in zones 6-8.
* Foam flower – Fluffy spike flowers in pink or white appear in late spring. Hardy in zones 5-9.
* Impatiens – Colorful low-growing mounds of flowers. Hardy in most zones.
* Hydrangea – Choose this blue, pink or white shade loving flowering shrub based on your degree of shade. Blooms in spring. Hardy in zones 5-9.
* Tuberous begonia – Lavish blooms in white, red, pink, yellow or orange appear all season, Hardy in zones 4-8.
Moist Shade Loving Plants
Soil in a shaded area differs, some is moist some is dry, and these plants thrive in moist soil that is shaded to some degree:
* Astilbe – Plumes of white, pink, red or purple appear in summer. Hardy in zones 4-9.
* Caladium – Plant has huge colorful leaves and is hardy in zones 8-10.
* Coleus – Textured leaf shapes and a variety of colors. Hardy in most zones.
* Goatsbeard – Tall feathery plumes produce tiny white flowers in spring and summer. Hardy in zones 3-8.
* Monkshood – A bevy of deep blue flowers hang around all summer. Hardy in zones 5-8.
Dry Shade Loving Plants
Shaded dry soil is usually found under trees and these plants will thrive in those growing conditions:
* Bellflower – Produces white or purple bell-shaped flower. Hardy in zones 4-8.
* Bishop’s hat – Produces spurred flowers in white, yellow, pink or purple. Hardy in zones 5-8.
* Creeping myrtle – Lovely evergreen ground cover that is hardy in zones 4-9.
* Deadnettle – Shade loving ground cover that is green, silver and gold. Hardy in zones 4-8.
* Goutweed – Ground cover with variegated leaves. Hardy in zones 4-9.
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