Why Choose Shade Perennials?
There is no doubt that if you have a shady garden or yard, there are plenty of plants to choose from. Many different types of perennial flowers and plants grow in the shade. When selecting a plant for your home or garden, look for ones that thrive in low light conditions, such as the foam flower, which does not require direct sunlight but will grow just fine under shade trees like maples or oaks. So If you're looking for shade-loving flowers that aren't just common poppies, this list is for you. We've gathered up some of our favorite shade-loving perennials and shrubs that pack a punch with color and beauty.
Ostrich ferns grow well in shade.
Ostrich ferns (Matteuccia) are shade-loving, easy-to-care-for perennials with beautiful leaves that can grow to a whopping three feet long. The ostrich fern was named for its feathery appearance and has been used as an ornamental plant since the 1700s.
Ostrich ferns are a good choice for a shady garden. They thrive in moist and dark areas but will increase under partial sun if planted in fertile soil with plenty of organic matter, making them perfect for a woodland garden or under trees and shrubs. Ostrich ferns are evergreen, so that you can enjoy the lush foliage year-round. The fronds that sprout from these lush, green ferns can reach up to three feet long before they're pruned back to encourage new growth.
The ostrich fern is native to the eastern United States and Canada's Maritime Provinces, but it can tolerate summer heat once established. This perennial is hardy down to USDA zones 4 through 10.
Jack in the pulpit are great for shade gardens.
A shade perennial that can grow up to six feet tall, jack in the pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) bears a white flower with three spoon-shaped leaves clustered around its base. The flower looks like a horned toadstool native to eastern North America.
Jack in the pulpit is also called Indian turnip or wake robin. It has large fleshy roots that store nutrients for later use by the plant, which explains why this perennial produces no leaves until springtime—when there's plenty of sunlight available to fuel growth. Keep in mind that jack in the pulpit self-sows readily; if you don't want it spreading through your garden, keep divisions of it separate from one another so they won't be able to form new plants with their seeds.
Foam flowers are a perennial flower also known as Tiarella cordifolia.
If you love the look of foam flowers, this plant is an excellent choice for your shady garden. Its small white blooms bloom early in spring to give off a lovely fragrance and attract bees and butterflies.
The plants thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8 and are excellent choices for the front of a border or in a rock garden. Foam flowers have attractive heart-shaped leaves that emerge orange-red before turning green later in the season. The bright-white flowers bloom on stems above the foliage and resemble tiny foam bubbles on top of long stems.
Christmas fern are evergreen ferns that grow well in shade.
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is a very hardy perennial that can grow up to 6 feet tall but is pretty slow-growing. The Christmas Fern boasts evergreen fronds with arches that grow in opposite pairs along the stems. The fronds are stiff and glossy green in color all year long, even when they're dormant in winter, making this plant an excellent choice for shady areas where other plants may not thrive. It will thrive in full or partial shade if the soil is moist and well-drained.
Christmas fern is an excellent choice for growing in containers because its rhizomes need to be divided every few years—they'll quickly fill up a pot with their runners if left undisturbed. This plant prefers full shade for best foliage development but will tolerate some sun if given enough moisture. Drought stress may occur if grown in full sun conditions over extended periods without adequate moisture availability, which reduces overall vigor and causes leaf scorch marks on leaves.
Shade perennials are the perfect choice for a garden with limited sunlight. They are simple to care for and can provide an exotic look to any home or business. Shade plants come in wide varieties and can be found at your local nursery or online retailer. These plants will thrive under the dappled sunlight coming through the trees while also helping to add depth to your garden and giving you something to look forward to each spring.
Shade-loving perennials can add beauty and color to your garden. These plants typically prefer light shade but grow well in dappled or full shade. They're beautiful all year long--especially during the summer as they bloom and then through fall when they change colors. Some of these plants produce attractive berries that attract birds and other wildlife.
Some famous examples of shade-loving perennials include Christmas ferns (Polystichum acrostichoides), jack in the pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia) and ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris).