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Shady Plants

Some landscapes come with a lot of shade. If that’s the case for you, and you’re still looking to get into gardening, then you may want to find the plants that are most appropriate to fit your need. Below is a list of some of the plants that thrive in shades areas. You may just find that they are indeed the types of plants that you’ve always been looking for.

Coral Bells


Coral Bells are perennial plants that grow as stems with clusters of bell-shaped flowers. Generally, these flowers bloom in shades of coral, pink, red, and white.




Hostas are also perennials and are mainly used for colorful foliage. These plants are unusual because they can come in some odd colors, but usually are found to be light yellow, forest green, or a powdery blue.


Mirror Plant


Mirror Plants are perennials that have small glossy leaves that almost look as if they’re made of glass. They come in the colors of purple, blue, pink, and white.


Persian Shield


The Persian Shield is a perennial plant with shield shaped leaves. It comes in an iridescent mixture of purple and silver. Though, it is a perennial, it may need to be moved indoors during the winter if your region is particularly cold during that period of time.


Garden Hydrangea


Garden Hydrangeas are perennials with clusters of flowers that come in a variety of colors based on the pH level of the soil they are planted in. Generally, they come in blue, pink, or a variety of shades in between, but you can manually increase or decrease the acidity of the soil to change their color.


Flowering Maple


Due to the need for constantly warm temperatures, the Flowering Maple is often considered an annual. These plants have blossoming flowers that are almost bowl shaped and come in a variety of warm colors including coral, red, yellow, orange, and a series of colors expanded by breeders.


Creeping Jenny


The Creeping Jenny is a perennial that is unique in the way that it quickly expands across an area of land. This plant provides a mat of round, neon green leaves and bright yellow flowers in the summer. You may want to keep them potted or contained if you’re not looking for them to take over your garden space.




Coleuses are considered “Tender Perennials” because they require a technique called “Pinching” for them to come back bigger and stronger the following year. They come in an odd assortment of colors as well; nearly every color except for blue. These plants are available in a variety of sizes and patterns ranging from tiny to gigantic and spotted to marble. The vast array of shapes that these plants can come in include toothed, divided, and lobed.


Copper Plant


The Copper Plant is an annual that may be a little high maintenance. Not only do pests love to snack on it, this plant actually livens up more so in sunlight. So, even though it can do well in the shade, if you have a place that is a mixture of both light and shadow, this plant may be ideal to fill it. The good part about this plant is that it offers a wide variety of colors that make it worth all of the extra effort. Its colors can vary from mottled combinations of purple, crimson, pink, orange, copper, yellow, white, and green. So, don’t feel as if you need to write this plant off just because of some minor setbacks. This plant is worth the reward.


Fancy-Leafed Caladium


The Fancy-Leafed Caladium is an annual that is worth the yearly effort. This plant grows large heart-shaped leaves that are a delightful mixture of green, white, and varying shades of red. The most interesting part about this plant is in its details. It has an intricate network of veins and contrasting edges that make it an exceptional addition to any shaded area.


Certainly, shaded areas aren’t lost causes. You may even come to find that a shaded place in your garden can become one of your best kept secrets. Don’t forget to go to for more ideas on how to further embellish your outdoor living space with patio and garden necessities as well as storage structures.


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