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Types of Shade Plants

Mother Nature provides us with a plethora of shade plants. The north side of your house, and your heavily wooded back yard, need not be devoid of plants and flowers. Just take a walk through the woods. You will find the forest floor alive with a huge assortment of plants. Some of these plants live in partial shade near the edge of the forest, or in lightly wooded areas. Others, grow in full or heavy shade. As you look to select your shade plants, select those that grow best in the lighting conditions of your back yard.  

Types of Shade-loving Plants:

Ferns are grown for their colorful foliage. They do produce flowers, but the flowers are not as spectacular as the foliage. There is a wide variety of plant sizes, leaf colors, and leaf shapes. Ferns are easy to grow.

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Hostas are perhaps the most popular of shade loving plants. Grown for their attractive leaves, there are hundreds of varieties to choose from. They are so popular, that there are Hosta clubs and organizations.

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Bulbs provide a tremendous opportunity to provide color in a shaded environment. Spring flowering bulbs will grow in the spring before the leaves develop. Look for early blooming varieties. 

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Flowers are more problematic. There are many varieties that thrive in partial shade. Check the back of the seed packet for light needs of the plant.

Houseplants- are a natural. They already are accustomed to lower light levels in your house. Partially shaded areas are best. Grown in partial shade, they will suffer less leaf drop when brought indoors in the fall.

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Bushes and Shrubs are no stranger to shade gardens. Try Rhododendrons and Azaleas. They are often used as foundation plants around the northern sides of houses.

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