I can think of hundreds of plants for a sunny garden spot, but it’s often difficult to get a sun-loving plant to give up its thirst for the sun and grow well in a shady spot. Here is a list of 5 excellent plants for a shade garden you can read about. Who knows, you might find something that turns out to be exactly what you were looking for. See what you think and let me know!
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- hardy japanese lily
- brilliance autumn fern
- perennial sweet pea
- pulmonaria raspberry splash
- red wind forest grass
5 Hardy Japanese Lily
Each stem of this 30 inch tall lily can produce around 15 flowers. Each blossom has a white background flecked with deep purple specks. This late bloomer produces flowers around August and continues flowering for a few months. It is both deer resistant and drought tolerant. This little lily grows well in zones 5 to 9.
4 Brilliance Autumn Fern
The copper tones on the foliage of this fern are excellent for adding some brightness to a shade garden. Like most other ferns, this one also prefers to be kept on moist soil. Seeing as it is a shade-loving plant, keeping the soil nice and wet shouldn’t be difficult. This fern grows well in zones 5 to 8 and reaches a height of round 2 feet.
3 Perennial Sweet Pea
If you are looking for a vigorous grower that will quickly cover and area for you, then this little beauty is perfect. This climbing plant will span a trellis that is up to 10 feet high and produces flowers that are red, white, pink, or purple. It thrives in zones 4 to 9 and the blooms go well in fresh-cut bouquets too.
2 Pulmonaria Raspberry Splash
The pink and purple clusters of flowers on this perennial look even brighter against the green and silver leaves. This plant only grows to be around a foot high, but it will spread to reach a width of around 2 feet. Zones 3 to 9 are great for growing this plant successfully.
1 Red Wind Forest Grass
This color-changing grass is great for adding some color to a shade garden in the fall. It stays a bright green all summer long, but then turns a deep burgundy as the weather turns cooler. It grows well in zones 5 to 9 and grows to be around 2 feet tall.
I tried to list some interesting plants that aren’t often talked about when someone mentions a shade garden. Usually hostas and astilbes are offered as suggestions for plants to place in a shady location. I hope this list gives you some ideas on what other shade-loving plants are available. Which ones do you like the best?
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