Shade doesn’t have to be a gardening deterrent, although it might seem more natural for your flowers and plants to thrive in sun-drenched areas. Don’t neglect shaded porches, tree-lined walkways and the shady nooks and crannies in your garden. Instead, use it as an opportunity to add some color and texture.
Liven up your garden by filling in those shaded areas with colorful plants. There are a variety of shade-loving annual and perennial plants that will bloom outside of the sun’s rays, but it’s important to note that not all shade is created equal when it comes to gardening. Certain flowers and plants will only thrive in their specific shade conditions; such as partial shade or full shade. Be sure to distinguish how much shade each plant will need before planting.
Below are some suggestions for flowers and plants that don’t need full exposure to the sun:
- Coral bells
- Dead nettle
- Copper plant
- Flowering maple
- Meadow rue
- Japanese forest grass
- Lady’s mantle
- Bleeding heart
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