Shade Plants

Great plants for shade and articles featuring shady designs.

  • design a garden oasis
    Design

    How to Design a Serene and Immersive Garden Oasis

    I was painfully shy as a child, often taking refuge in the forested greenbelt adjacent to our suburban backyard. It was the early 1970s, before children were kept on a…

  • tips for growing heucheras
    How-To

    Tips and Tricks for Growing Heucheras Successfully

    Heucheras are somewhere in between plant-them-and-forget-them perennials and high-maintenance divas. At home in garden beds and superstars in containers, they will reward you handsomely when given proper conditions and care.…

  • new heucheras
    Design

    Expert-Tested New Heucheras That Are Better Than the Classics

    Who remembers when ‘Palace Purple’ was one of the hottest perennials in the market? It was the heuchera I planted in my new garden 30 years ago. I liked its…

  • variegated pagoda dogwood
    Design

    Three Amazing Understory Trees and Shrubs

    While many of us think of trees as super-tall giants or stand-alone specimen plants, we also know that most trees naturally grow in forests and that forests aren’t all made…

  • Design

    The Summer That Was at the 45th Parallel, Part 2

    We’re back with Susan Warde in St. Paul, Minnesota! Yesterday we looked back at the year in her front garden, and today we’re taking the same tour through the seasons…

  • wide view of fall garden with purple berries and lots of foliage plants
    Design

    October in Cherry’s Garden

    We often hear from Cherry Ong when she’s traveling to visit a marvelous public garden, but today she’s letting us in to see her home garden in Richmond, British Columbia.…

  • climbing hydrangea covering a covered patio
    Design

    Tracy’s Shade Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Tracy Tallman in Southern Ontario. We live on a very shaded country lot. This limits our plant choices considerably. Our repeat favorites include Hosta (Zones 3–9), hellebores…

  • shrubs for shade
    Collection

    Shade-Loving Shrubs for Your Region

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

  • Fragrant sweet box
    Design

    Shade-Loving Shrubs for California

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

  • shrubs for shade in the northeast
    Design

    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the Northeast

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…