My Favorit Plants: Shade Gardens

Picking plants out for the shade can be tricky. Some plants will tolerate the shade and wither away if they get any direct sunlight while others may require more sunlight than actually stated. Here are a few of the plants I like to use when creating a shade garden.

Hosta are probably the most popular of all shade plants. They are relatively easy to grow, come in a wide variety of colors and handle deep shade to sun. Simply filling a garden with different types of hosta makes for an interesting look.



This is an interesting plant with interesting large leaves. The flowers are generally yellow. This is a plant that thrives in the shade. In fact, it wilts quite badly in the heat and sun. The plant will even look on the edge of death because it wilts so bad, but once the sun goes down the leaves perk right up. On some varieties the flowers are striking with flower spikes reaching 4 feet into the air.


Pulmonaria is a small perennial that flowers in the early spring and is available with variegated leaves for an interesting color all summer long. The flower colors are pinks and blues.


Ferns, like hosta, are a popular stand by for shade gardening. Because they can freely spread from spores they are a good choice for large mass plantings. Variegated varieties along with a wide range of sizes make this a useful specimen.


This shrub is one of the few woody plants I have found to thrive in full shade. The branches have a soft, almost fern like, texture along with white flowers. False Spirea will have more flowers when grown in the sun but it still grows will in the shade.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Angelia wrote:
Hey Jen, Lets hope so. If it can hang with a stiff sea breeze and cling on thgruoh a Chicago winter then I'd say its pretty tough to beat! Good luck with yours and put some shots out there so I can take a peek. Have a fabulous weekend. M

Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

2. Natalia wrote:
Patti, I'm so enjoying your phtoos of the Garden for Connoisseurs Tour. I've spent the last hour drooling over the gorgeous gardens. I especially like Louise Poer's with all the boxwood in containers. Hope you're have a great weekend,Babs

Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 8:26 PM

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