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Some plants love sun, while others prefer the shade.

If you've ever tried growing flowers or other plants in the shade, you know how difficult it is to find anything that will grow without plenty of sunlight. We all have those spots in our yard that don't receive quite enough sun. Try plants that prefer shade for your shade garden.


If you've ever tried growing flowers or other plants in the shade, you know how difficult it is to find anything that will grow without plenty of sunlight. We all have those spots in our yard that don't receive quite enough sun. Try plants that prefer shade for your shade garden.

The first step in planning a shade garden is to think of shade as a unique place to garden, just as you would think of a water garden as needing special requirements. Don't fight the shade and try to plant sun-loving plants there---you're only setting yourself up for disappointment. On the same token, don't try planting shade plants in the sun.

Good plants for shade gardens:

  • Flowering dogwood

  • Canadian hemlock

  • Impatiens

  • Bleeding hearts

  • Hydrangea vines

  • Yew

  • Hosta

  • Pulmonaria

  • Lady fern

  • Laurel

  • Caladium

  • Bishop's hat

  • Holly

  • Persian violet

  • Rhododendron

  • Mexican foxglove


Another secret to success when choosing plants for your shade garden is to remember that just because a plant loves shade doesn't mean it's the best plant for your region. Shade in and of itself is not a climate, so take your zone into consideration when choosing trees, shrubs and flowers to grow in a shady corner.
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