Struggling to find plants for those shady spots? No worries! Shade offers the opportunity to grow some wonderful, unique plants that not only tolerate no sun but actually prefer it. Large trees and shady areas in your yard can present a challenge to even the most creative gardener, but gardening in the shade doesn't have to be frustrating. There are a variety of shade-loving perennials that tolerate relatively low light, and even thrive in it. So, liven up your shady spaces with these perennials and turn your yard into a beautiful retreat you can enjoy year-round.
3 SHADE-LOVING PERENNIALS:
- Hostas are hardy, easy-to-grow and care for and aren't troubled by pests. Leaf colors come in green, gold and blue to variegated and sizes range from miniature to colossal. Smaller varieties (up to 12 inches tall) make good edgers along paths or in beds; medium varieties are excellent ground-covers; and large hostas are terrific in the background or as dramatic accent plants.
- Perennial Ferns featuring lacy branches with rich, green foliage add texture and color to those shady spots. These popular shade-loving perennials make an excellent choice in wooded sections of the backyard or as an edging along a stand of trees. Ferns also work great in containers alone or mixed with your favorite shade plants.
- Acanthus is a majestic plant, almost like having a living sculpture in the garden. It features sturdy spires of white or pink blooms with papery purple bracts that make a striking statement along with its rich-green, spiny foliage. Enjoy this eye-catching structural plant for shade borders or background plantings.