Shade Loving Plants

Are you looking for a plant that can handle some shade and still look fabulous? Think woodland floor! Use liberal amounts of peat, compost and organic matter when planting these plants. Avoid over-watering and provide good air circulation for healthy plants!

The plants on this list are for full, filtered and partial shade. Full shade means less than 3 hours of direct sunlight a day. Partial shade is about 3-6 hours of direct sun a day. Filtered is dappled sunlight through the trees (this is the easiest shade to grow in). Avoid planting these plants in full sun to prevent sun-scalding damage.

PERENNIALS
Acanthus
Ajuga
Anemones
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Asarum (Wild Ginger)
Astilbe
Athyrium (Ferns)
Bergenia
Blue Oat Grass
Brunnera
Columbine
Campanula
Carex
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Digitalis
Dryopteris (Ferns)
Geranium
Hamelin ornamental grass
Hakone Grass Hakonechloa
Hellebores (Lenten Rose)
Hepatica
Hemerocallis (Daylilies)
(morning shade)
Heuchera
Hostas
Iris (Siberian)
Ligularia
Lupine
Lobelia
Lysimachia
Mertinesia (Bluebells)
Myosotis (Forget-me-nots)
Oenothera
Primula
Polemonium (Jacobs Ladder)
Pulmonaria
Solomon’s Seal
Tiarella (Foam Flower)
Trillium
Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

ANNUALS
Begonias
Browalia
Caladiums
Coleus
Fuchsia
Hypoestes (Polka Dot plant)
Impatiens
Lobelia
Magilla Perilla
Mimulus
Pansies
Torenia

GROUND COVERS
Ajuga
Anemone Tomentosa
Bunchberry
Bergenia
Euonymus
Helleborus
Honeysuckle
Ivy
Lamium
Lily of the Valley
Liriope (Lily turf)
Moss (Irish)
Liriope
Lysimachia
Pachysandra
Sweet Woodruff
Vinca Minor (Myrtle)
Violas

FOLIAGE PLANTS
Abutilon (Flowering Maple)
Aglaonema
Alternanthera
Alocasia
Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant)
Elephant Ear
Ferns (Boston)
Philodendron
Spider Plant

TREES
Cercis Canadensis(Redbud)
Cornus spp. (Dogwood)
Hammamelis (Witch Hazel)
Hemlock
Magnolia
Japanese maples

SHRUBS
Clethra (Summersweet)
Euonymus (Burning Bush)
Fothergilla
Hydrangea spp.
Hypericum
Itea (Virginia Sweetspire)
Kerria
Lonicera (Honeysuckle Vine)
Viburnum

EVERGREENS
Azaleas (need winter shade)
Buxus (Boxwood)
Daphne
Ilex (Holly)
Kalmia (Mountain Laurel)
Katsura
Microbiota
Pieris Japonica (Japenese Pieris)
Rhododendron (need winter shade)
Taxus (Yews)