Visit our Sister Sites:

The Gardener's Net
Pumpkin Nook
Holiday Insights

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.

More on growing Ferns

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.

More on Hostas

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. 

More on Bulbs

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.

More on Houseplants

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.

More Information:

How to create a shade garden environment

Find Shade Lovers:

Shade Loving Plants, Ferns and Bulbs

Buy Home Garden Seeds Hundreds of varieties of top quality, brand name seeds for less.

Raised Bed Greenhouse

Shop for:

Gardening:
Flower Seeds
Vegetable Seeds

Heirloom Seeds
Herb Seeds
Organic Seed / Supply

Coldframes
Composters
Garden Fertilizers
Greenhouses
Houseplants
Planters
Raised Beds
Garden Supplies

Yard & Deck:
Hammocks
Hose Carts/Reels
Outdoor Storage
Rock Enclosures
Solar Lights
Pest Control

Seasonal:
Halloween
Thanksgiving
Carving Stuff
Fog Machine
Jello Molds
Costume/Makeup
Lights
House Flags
Candles
Decorations
Kitchen/Party Supply

Other:
Tomato Strainer
Food Processing
Kitchen Gadgets
Kid's Playhouses

|| Home || Flowers || Vegetables || Herbs || Bulbs || Fruit || Trees 'N Shrubs ||
|| Shopping || How To Grow || Plant Problems || Houseplants || Shade Gardens ||

Copyright © Premier Star Company