Some like it hot. Some like it cool. Not all plants are created equal. Some plants do best in full-sun and others do thrive in the shade. Shade loving plants do best in cool conditions, avoiding direct sunlight. They are often planted under trees, shrubs and overhangs. Though these flowers are not as bright and vibrant in colour as their sun-loving counterparts, shade-loving plants can still make an impact in the garden! There are many beautiful plants to choose from, such as these.
Impatiens, also known as Touch-me-not, is one of the most popular flowers for shade gardens. They are quite easy to grow! The flowers are long lasting, blooming constantly throughout the spring and summer. Look for New Guinea impatiens, as they will have larger blooms and sturdy stems or double impatiens, where the blooms look like miniature roses!
Are you an impatient gardener? Then the Hellebore or Christmas Rose is perfect for you! This shade loving plant is one of the earliest bloomers, blooming from late winter to early spring. Plus, they are hardy and easy to grow! Hellebores are a must-have for any garden; the attractive flowers come in shades of green, pink, white and pink.
Bleeding Heart Vine
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is a cottage garden favourite! The unique, pink and white flowers are native to woodlands and would do best in moist, fertile soil in a cool spot. As well, bleeding hearts are vigourous growers and need enough space to spread, roughly 3 feet per plant. Hostas (see below) would make a lovely companion plant.
The hydrangea is a beloved flowering shrub that will add colour and height to any shade garden. It does do best in moist, well-drained soil. Plant in a spot where it can protected from strong winds, as the stems could break.
Hostas are a must have for any garden! These plants, known for their attractive, striking foliage than flowers, are usually grown under trees and shrubs. The foliage comes in a variety of colours besides green, such as blue, white, and gold. They are hardy and can tolerate most soil conditions, but do best in fertile, well-drained soil. Look for varieties with fragrant flowers!
Want something exotic for your garden? Try the toad lily! This unique looking flower is reminiscent of orchids, but a lot easier to grow! These flowers will add beauty and intrigue to your garden. Plus, they are drought tolerant and can tolerant harsh climates.