Best Shade Plants to Grow

Growing plants in shaded areas of your yard can be difficult, as most plants require a great deal of sunlight to thrive. A lack of sunlight can deter proper growth and cause plants to struggle to stay alive. However, there are some plants that do prefer and grow well in shady conditions.
 
If you have a yard full of trees or other objects that shield the sun from reaching your yard, consider growing these shade-friendly plants to bring beauty to your outdoors.

 

Shade Friendly Plants

Foxglove
 
This sprawling plant is great for filling garden beds and also flourishes in wooded areas, making it a good choice for planting among your trees. Its foliage is dense and bright green, and blooms in spikes of purple or white flowers that can reach up to 5 feet in height. When planting, space foxglove plants 1-2 feet apart, and cover the soil with mulch to keep it moist. Foxgloves are a perennial, so once you plant them, theyʼll keep coming back year after year.
 
Primrose
 
Primrose plants have broad green leaves and brightly colored flowers that consist of pinks, oranges and purples. They bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall, and prefer well-drained soil. Keep in mind primrose also needs plenty of nutrients for growth, so it's best to mix in compost on a regular basis. Primrose should be planted about 6 to 12 inches apart, and dead or limp leaves and blooms should be removed as they appear. 
 
Bush Violets
 
Also known as amethyst flowers and sapphire flowers, these shrubby, woody perennials grow naturally in wooded areas and do well in hot, shaded environments. Bush violets are oval in shape and produce purple flowers that appear in small clusters. They reach about 2 feet in height and require a moderate amount of water.
 
Coleus
 
Coleus is an annual plant known for its vibrant foliage. Some varieties are bright red, while others are yellow, deep purple or a combination of these colors. The leaves consist of patterns like blotches and streaks. Coleus plants are particular about moisture levels; if they get too wet, they may experience disease, but if they dry out, they may shrivel and appear scorched. To prevent damage, always feel the soil before watering. If it's still damp, refrain from watering. Coleus is an annual, so youʼll need to replant each spring.
 
Dead Nettle
 
Also known as lamium, this perennial is good for providing ground cover as it stays short and sprawls out. While different varieties of dead nettle exist, one of the most common species has leaves streaked with pale blue and silver-white; clusters of white flowers appear in the summer. After the plants flower, trim them back; this will encourage them to spread out more.
 
Hydrangeas
 
Hydrangea bushes are a garden classic. Their dark green foliage contrasts their giant, globe-shaped clusters of blooms. But when it comes to the color of your hydrangea, it depends on the pH of the soil. When the pH is less than 5.5, the flowers will be blue. When the pH is greater than 5.5, theyʼre pink. Another variety of hydrangea always has white flowers. All types of hydrangea bushes need to be pruned each spring to keep them well kept and healthy.
 
Hostas
 
If you want a low-maintenance garden, hostas are the perfect choice. Known for their massive, streaked leaves, hostas can tolerate drought-like conditions so you donʼt have to worry if you forget to water them. There are many varieties of hostas - from big to small - and some have more spade-shaped leaves, while others leaves are rounder. Most flower in the late summer, sending up tall spears of lavender or white flowers.