Plants That Love the Shade

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 18, 2017

It’s easy to find colorful flowers and trees that love the sunshine, but what about the plants that thrive in shady places? It may not seem like a natural occurrence to come across, but many different plants love the dank atmosphere of the shady places in nature. March is the perfect month to begin planting your shade lovers. The rain that is to come will suit the growing process nicely. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to planting plants that don’t like full sun, then you’re in the right place. Here are a few ideas to toss around when plotting out the shady areas of your landscape.

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Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

Bleeding Heart blooms are exotic and beautiful. As the name suggests, their flowers are shaped like hearts. When they open up in full bloom, they almost look like a broken, bleeding heart. These plants thrive in damp, shady settings and work well along with any fern plant. Depending on the exact type of bleeding heart plant you plant, you’ll see yellow, pink, red, or white blooms in the spring.

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Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

This plant does super well on a shaded patio or under tree-covered canopies; Its leaves are unique with their duel tones. You can find them in red, yellow, or pink. The outline of its leaves is a vibrant green, while the inner coloring of the leaves is one of the colors above; If you’re planning to put the plant and grow indoors, finding an attractive color contrast is super simple. These plants are just naturally gorgeous.

Impatiens (Impatiens capensis)

When it comes to the world of Impatiens, you’re choosing from the entire color wheel. They come in many different colors: pink, purple, blue, red, lavender, etc. If you plant the New Guinea version of this plant is a beautiful brown planter, you’ll see a great mixture of orange and brown when the plant blooms. If you plan to use it as a boundary marker, you could grow the shorter variety (Busy Lizzies). They tend to cover themselves with lovely little-pedaled flowers when they bloom.

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Fancy-leafed Caladium (Caladium bicolor)

That is another excellent two-toned leafy plant that works perfectly to add some spice to a shaded patio during the hot summer months. These plants will go dormant in the colder months of the year, but their beauty is unmatched when the weather is likewise. Make sure you plant the Fancy-leafed Caladium in a large pot to ensure it has enough room to spread its roots.

Amethyst flower (Browallia hybrids)

If you love full colors and full blooms, this is the plant for you! The Amethyst flower is an annual flower blooming in phenomenal shades of blue, violet, and even white. The flowers are so plentiful that they cover almost all of the plant’s surface area. They’re great for hanging baskets.