Shade Plants

Great plants for shade and articles featuring shady designs.

  • gardener posing above a giant hosta plant
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    A Hosta Lover’s Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Lonna and Jon in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They are avid gardeners and particularly lovers of hostas. Lonna started collecting hostas in 2016 and now has well over…

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    Flowering Evergreens for the Shade Garden

    Evergreen plants contribute life, texture, and color to the landscape all year long. But these plants are particularly valuable during the winter months when deciduous branches are bare, most of…

  • garden bed with lots of different hosta varieties and pink flowers
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    Hosta Collectors in Michigan

    Today we’re in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Sharon and Michael Darga. When we moved into our home in 1982, the backyard was overgrown with scrub and poison ivy. Through years…

  • path leading to garden bed on a slope
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    Revisiting Karen’s Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Karen Holmen. A few years back I sent in some pictures of my garden (From Wild to Wonderful and Made for Shade ). Since it always…

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    New Garden Inspired by the GPOD

    Today we’re visiting with Nicki Snoblin in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Greetings! Back in April you published an entry titled “Bob’s Japanese-Style Garden,” and I immediately thought of an area in…

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    Hardy Plants for Dry Shade in the Northern Plains

    No matter the size or location of your garden, you are likely to be planting in more than one type of environment. Under the canopy of trees, along foundations, under…

  • garden path made of sliced logs
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    Yvonne’s Woodland and Japanese-Inspired Gardens

    We visited Yvonne’s new Virginia garden (Yvonne's New Garden in Virginia) on the GPOD before, and today she’s sharing more. I’m sending two sets of pictures—one for the woodland walk…

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    Weird and Wild Shade Plants for the Northwest

    As we gladly came to the end of a wild and wet winter, I was excited to see some of the best of the weird shade-loving plants coming up. The…

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    Perennials for Dry Shade in the Northeast

    Many of us in the Northeast struggle with the drier soil conditions found under tall evergreens, particularly the problematic summer-dry situations often found under towering Eastern white pines (Pinus strobus,…

  • winding path cutting through the garden with lots of yellow flowers
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    Kristi’s Raleigh Garden

    Hi, I'm Kristi and I live in Raleigh, North Carolina. When we moved into our house 10 years ago, the backyard was heavily wooded. We loved it at first, but…