Shade Living – What Plants Are Best For The Shade

Whether your property has a little or a lot of shade you can still utilize every part of your yard when it comes to gardening. Filling these shaded spaces requires a bit of extra planning but many beautiful plants do grow best in lower light. Knowing which ones to select and how to care for them will help you create a beautiful shade garden.

From annual and perennial plants and flowers to herbs and vegetables, there are a wide variety that love the cool shade. Before you choose which ones to plant, consider the following tips on how to care for shade loving greenery. Shady areas need less frequent watering as they tend to dry out slower. It’s best to water them early in the morning and water the soil directly because if leaves stay wet, without the sunlight to dry them, they’re vulnerable to fungal disease.

Here is a list of a few popular shade loving plants to choose from:

Annuals:
Alyssum
Begonia
Fuchsia
Impatiens
Pansy
Snapdragon
Wishbone Flower

Perennials:
Bleeding-Heart
Forget-me-not
Hydrangea
Jacob’s Ladder
Lamb’s Ears
Li-Valley
Violets
Hostas

There are also several herbs and vegetables that can thrive in the shade. You can expect slower maturation of crops but there are many advantages to growing vegetables in the shade. In fact, leafy crops grown in partial shade will be succulent and free of bitter taste. A partially shaded garden can also allow for a longer growing period for cool-season crops. Vegetables grown for their leaves and roots are the best choices for shady gardens.

Here are a few of the vegetables/herbs that will grow in light to partial shade:

arugula
beets
broccoli
brussels sprouts
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celery
kale
lettuce
parsnips
peas,
potatoes
spinach
turnips
basil
chives
parsley
rosemary
mint

That shady spot in your garden doesn’t have to be bare. You can have a beautiful garden that will thrive without sun!

 

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