If you are looking for plants that grow in shade, this list will help you find the best perennial flowers, shrubs and vines for your shade garden.
Now that my garden has grown into its own, I have a lot more shade than I used to. Which means that I have had to swap out some of the original full sun plants for plants that grow in shade. And I thought I’d share my favorites!
Most of my garden is made up of perennial flowers, vines and shrubs and I like to use low maintenance plants whenever possible, so that’s mostly what you’ll find below…with a few exceptions :)
Of course, my mother’s garden has always been pretty shady, so she has A LOT of experience planting in the shade…and has provided that great information in some of the links below.
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Shade Loving Shrubs
To make my garden as easy to maintain as possible, I use a lot of shrubs. As long as you give them enough space to grow, they usually don’t require much work (definitely my type of plant!)
Click the links below to get more information about our favorite shade loving bushes.
- 10 Shade Loving Bushes to Plant Under Trees
- How To Grow Tree Peonies
- Rhododendron Care
- Favorite Rhododendron Varieties
- Rhododendron Problems
- Shade Loving Mountain Laurel
- Japanese Maples
- Why Aren’t My Hydrangeas Blooming?
- Japanese Pieris
Shade Loving Perennial Flowers and Vines
Perennial flowers and vines make up another large part of my garden. Since they come back every year, you only have to plant them once to enjoy many years of flowers in your garden.
And generally speaking, they are pretty low maintenance (another good thing in my books!)
Here are our favorite shade loving perennials:
- 15 Ground Cover Perennials That Thrive In The Shade
- Blue and Purple Spring Perennials For Part Shade
- Shade Perennials To Plant With Spring Bulbs
- How To Grow Hellebores
- Clematis Care
- Flowering Vines That Grow In Shade
Container Plants For The Shade
When you have a lot of shade in your garden, that usually means your containers are in the shade, too! I love to plant blue flowers in blue planters on my shady deck, and you can find my favorite container plants for shade here:
We will be updating this page with new links as we expand our shade garden library, so be sure to check back later for more information!