When it comes to choosing the plants that go in your garden each year, including the right things that will work in your space can be a challenge. It’s also, of course, important to plant things you actually like the look of too! We’ve recently moved into a new house where the yard is quite shady, so we’ve had to do some research about what will work in our new space before we dig our gardening tools out, just to make sure we plant things that will thrive in less light.
Just in case you’re like to learn more about shade loving plants too, here are 15 of the prettiest and most effective plants that will work for your garden as well!
1. Cora Bells
Cora Bells are known for how easy they are to care for, which is great news for beginner gardeners. They are low maintenance, they thrive in shade, and their tiny flowers bring a bright pop of colour to green spaces. We love their particular shade of pink! Learn more about them on
2. Dead Nettle
Their name might sound in a little bleak, but these plants are actually quite lively indeed! According to
3. Foam Flower
Just in case you’d prefer a flower that’s a little less bright but still brings some delicate petals to your space, here’s the Foam Flower! This is a one stem plant with lots of individual blooms. Learn more about its annual, non-spreading nature on
Were you in love with the periwinkle purple shade of the Dead Nettle flowers but you’re not so sure about the pale leaves? Then maybe you’d prefer Lungwort! According to
This is a brightly coloured flower that blooms exceptionally well in prolonged shade. it also actually attract butterflies more than other flowers, making it fragrant and pleasant for gardens where you’ll often sit to enjoy nature. Get more information on
Foxglove is a pretty bell shaped flower that grows tall. Some of these plants will grow back year after year, whereas others will not. They do, however, reseed themselves, meaning new ones will grow in that place the next year.
7. Japanese Forest Grass
Perhaps you’re looking for a little more green in your garden and you’re not too bothered about whether it flowers or not? In that case, Japanese Forest Grass might be perfect for you! It has a nice pom pom-like shape, and a cheerfully bright green colour. It does need some extra fertilizing to thrive, but
These buttery little flowers are a friendly, pleasant addition to any garden and, perhaps the best part of them, is that they’ll stick around all year long! That’s because, according to
Do you love the idea of planting something specifically green but you’d like a slightly more unique shape to it than just blade of grass, no matter how impressive in size? Then maybe you’d prefer to plant Spurge! This plant stays year round in frost free places.
10. Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mangle is a cheerful looking ground cover that looks fantastic in amongst flowering plants. According to
11. Browallia Hybrid
This lovely purple flower is also sometimes called Bush Violet. It’s the kind of “set it and forget it” flower that’s a fantastic option for beginners who aren’t used to plants that take more regular maintenance. According to
This tender and stunning perennial requires that you do a particular gardening technique called pinching to make them grow back next year. They will still thrive and grow their stunning red leaves if you don’t, they just simply won’t grow back without new seeding the next year. You can learn more about that on
13. Copper Plant
Have you ever seen a plant that perfectly embodied its name? Well, that’s what planting Copper is like! This annual plant grows well in shade but comes to full colour more intensely in the sun. It does need a bit of care since it attracts many pests, but they are mostly ones that won’t hurt other plants.
14. Creeping Jenny
Have you been reading about all these ground covering plants that will spread and thinking about how much you’d actually quite like to harness that quality? Then Creeping Jenny just might be the plant for you! These little leaves stay green year round in places without frost. Just in case you like the look of this plant but you don’t want it to spread, it can also thrive in a more controlled way in a pot, which
15. Fancy Leaf Caladium
Are you really feeling the red and green leaves you’ve beens seeing but you need something a little more low maintenance? Then perhaps this fantastic plant is the one for you! It’s simple to maintain, it grows well from bulbs, and it can also be split from potted plants in order to be added to garden.
16. Flowering Maple
This fantastic flower, described in detail on
17. Garden Hydrangea
If you’re looking for a fantastic flower that’s colourful and lovely to look at, we’d definitely suggest considering Hydrangeas! These blossoms come in a stunning range of colours but they are most often deep blues and purples. They thrive in any amount of shade and
These adorable, subtle little blossoms resemble Foam Flowers quite closely except that their leaves are darker, which is very appealing. That’s because they actually are a cross between coral bells and foam flowers!
Just in case you’re looking for a flower that’s very fragrant, here’s the Hosta! This plant with will grow almost anywhere and requires almost no work, making it another perfect option for beginner gardeners. Keep in mind when you’re choosing a spot for it that, as
Would you rather plant something that comes in all kinds of bright colours? Then we’d suggest considering Impatiens! You can get them as annual or perennial plants; the perennial actually thrives very well during the winter. These are popular in the United States and are grown by most to be enjoyed in the summer.
21. Meadow Rue
Just in case you’re looking for something with more texture in the flower or you live somewhere very wet, here’s the Meadow Rue! This plant, as outlined on
22. Mirror Plant
This fantastic leafy plant has a particular shine to it that makes its name very apt indeed. It’s hardy, wonderfully low maintenance, and thrives in difficult conditions.
23. Persian Shield
Are you still thinking about how much you love leafy plants but you’re intrigued by all the purple things we’ve shown you? Then check out what
24. Yesterday-Today-And Tomorrow
Would you rather plant something large and shade loving that will really make a statement, even if it stands alone in its place? Then have a read through
25. Bleeding Heart
Here’s another interesting looking and aptly named plant for you!
26. Liriope Muscari
27. Christmas Fern
If you’re a plant enthusiast already and you often buy seasonal things, then you’ll have seen this particular leaf in holiday bouquets before!
28. Lenten Rose
Have we really caught your eye with all these maroon shades because that’s your favourite colour but you’d prefer something with dusty red flowers rather than just leaves? Then take a look at
29. Lily of the Valley
Lily of The Valley, outlined in more detail on
30. Vinca Flower
Often called Periwinkle Plants, this flower is another one for the purple lovers out there! It’s a popular ground cover with smooth leaves that spreads across the ground, putting out full roots.
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