Do you have a shaded area in your yard where nothing seems to grow?
I feel your pain because I have the same problem spots in my yard. However, don’t worry because today I’m bringing you a list of plants that grow in shade.
It is my hope that after you read this list, you’ll get a few ideas on what you can plant in those trouble spots to still bring beauty to your yard even in the shade.
So let’s get started…
1. Coral Bells
This is a beautiful flowering plant that is actually a perennial. They grow in the shade and are known for their ease.
Apparently, they are easy to grow and require very little maintenance from that point forward.
So if you want something that could add a splash of color and come back year after year then this might be the plant you’ve always wanted.
2. Dead Nettle
This is another perennial that is meant to add beautiful colors and foliage to your shaded garden spots.
Now, the only thing that may make this choice less than perfect for some is that it is used as a ground cover.
It will make roots and run. If you don’t want something running through your yard (though colorful and pretty) then you might want to choose a different option.
3. Foam Flower
I love the name of this flower. Doesn’t it just sound interesting?
Well, it is a beautiful perennial flower. This one is not a ground cover. Instead, it has lots of individual blooms on one stem.
The appearance is not only unique but colorful as well.
If you are looking for a splash of color to add to your shady spot then this might be a good option.
This is another very interesting plant that grows in shade. Long ago people believed it looked like a lung and actually tried to treat lung disease with it and that is where it gets its name from.
Unfortunately, the plant didn’t have any real medicinal powers but the name stuck with it regardless.
However, this plant is a perennial and another one that can take off and run as well. It grows in batches so if you aren’t looking for a ground cover type of plant then this might not be a good choice.
However, it is one of the few plants that can be planted around trees and withstand the toxic effects of the Black Walnut tree.
This perennial is a beautiful flower that loves the shade. It also brings along a special quality when planted.
If you are a butterfly lover then this plant is for you. When you plant these flowers, they draw them which is a great addition to any yard or flower garden.
Foxgloves are undecided in the perennial and annual department. The same plant will not come back year after year.
Even so, they do reseed themselves which makes them come back year after year.
So if you need a plant that will come back each year and provide lots of beautiful colors then Foxgloves are for you.
7. Japanese Forest Grass
This is an interesting plant. It is a perennial so you only have to plant it once.
It isn’t extremely colorful by any means. However, it looks like a little pom-pom made of grass.
In case you are looking for something to add a finishing touch to a shaded area without adding a rainbow of color then this is a good option.
To make sure your Japanese Forest Grass is thriving, you might want to give it the best fertilizer.
A primrose can be either be an annual or a perennial flower.
If you try them out and decide they aren’t for you then they don’t have to be a permanent fixture.
However, after you see their bright colors and good temperament towards cold weather, you may decide to keep them around.
Spurge is another one that can be a perennial or an annual depending upon where you live. If you live in the frost-free zone then it will stay year-round.
However, if you live in a colder area then it is an annual. Regardless, it is a beautiful flower that can add lots of life to a shaded space.
If you want a plant that grows in shade and won’t add a rainbow effect but still add a splash of color to your shaded areas then you might want to consider spurge.
10. Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mantle is a perennial that has many uses. Some use it to decorate wreaths and others use it for décor. While others use it as a live edging.
However, this is a ground cover. So if used as an edging it would have to be maintained regularly.
Still, this plant is not flashy. It is a simple green vine that has classic beauty and would certainly add some character to a shady spot in the garden or your yard.
11. Browallia Hybrid
So this is one of those set it and forget it type of plants. You can use it in many diverse ways too.
They mound when planted in the ground, but they can also be used in flower boxes and vases.
However, they are very heat tolerant plants and will grow just about anywhere including in the shade.
Coleus is what’s called a tender perennial. You must use a technique called pinching in order to get them to grow back bigger and stronger.
However, coleus will grow in the shade and it is very beautiful with dark, rich colors.
So if you want a simplistic plant with a little color then you might want to consider coleus.
13. Copper Plant
Copper Plant is an annual plant but it is a beauty. Its foliage is absolutely stunning with the different colors.
This plant can grow in the shade but it actually comes to its full-color potential in the sun. So if you have a shaded spot that gets a smidgen of sun then this plant might still work there.
However, they say Copper Plants require a little bit of babying. There are many pests that love it so it would certainly take diligence to grow this plant effectively and to its full potential.
14. Creeping Jenny
Creeping Jenny is a perennial that will continue to come back year after year. Depending upon which zone you live in, it actually may stay green year round.
Either way, this is a ground cover so unless you pot it, it might very well take over your shady area. For some this might be a desired result.
However, just keep that in mind when planting this if you aren’t sure you want it to cover your entire shaded area.
15. Fancy-Leafed Caladium
If you decide to go with this plant, remember, you can learn how to grow them from bulbs on your own or you can purchase them each year from a nursery.
Either way, they add a splash of color to your shaded spot.
16. Flowering Maple
The Flowering Maple would be considered an annual for most of us. It prefers to have filtered sunlight; have 70° temperatures during the day; and 60-65° temperatures at night.
Unless you are lucky enough to live in a warmer, tropical temperature then you’ll probably have to buy it new each year or keep it in a pot so you can bring it in over the winter.
Either way, the flowers on this plant are absolutely gorgeous.
17. Garden Hydrangea
Garden Hydrangeas are perennials. However, let me just start off by saying that I love this option for a shaded garden.
Hydrangeas come in so many different colors now that they are just stunning and have a way of bringing a subtle amount of color to a darker space.
18. Geranium Cranesbill
Geranium Cranesbill is a perennial. This is great news as you should only have to plant it once.
The other great thing about this flower is that it doesn’t bloom and then have a lull. That is a personal pet peeve of mine because they only look pretty for a certain amount of time and the rest of the time the plant is just standing around.
Well, this plant isn’t that way. It blooms all season and adds constant beauty to your shaded garden.
Heucherella is a really unique plant. It was created when they crossed Coral Bells and Foam Flowers. It looks like a vine that puts off different colored flowers.
So if you are looking for a shaded ground cover then this might be what you’re looking for. This plant is like getting two for the price of one.
I love Hostas. I grow them all over the place around my house. The reason is because they will grow just about anywhere and require very little work.
If you have an area that looks like it needs a little attention, place a hosta there. They are perennials and will come back larger and larger each new year.
Most impatiens are grown as annuals, but they also have a perennial option as well. The kicker with these plants is that most people grow the annual kind of impatiens so they can be enjoyed during the summer. The perennial option only thrives during the winter in the US.
So if you like beautiful mounding flowers then you’ll probably enjoy having Impatience around.
22. Meadow Rue
Meadow Rue is a perennial that loves to grow in swamp-like areas or along shaded, wooded areas. It is a pretty flower that comes in pastel colors.
Another added bonus of Meadow Rue is that it is not prone to diseases or pests. The only thing is to make sure that you keep it watered but not soaked as it is known to develop rust.
23. Mirror Plant
Mirror Plants are perennials that are famously recognized from cottage-style gardens. They bloom in white, blue, pink, and purple.
So if you need a beautiful touch of color to a shaded spot in your cottage-style garden then these would certainly be a nice addition.
24. Persian Shield
Persian Shield can be a perennial if you live in zones 8 through 11. If not, don’t worry. You can grow it outdoors during the warmer months and move it indoors over the winter months.
However, this beautiful plant can certainly add a subtle splash of color regardless of where you live. It just must have some special accommodation made to keep its beauty around all year long.
25. Yesterday-Today-And Tomorrow
This is actually a shrub I had never heard of until recently. It, like many plants, can be a perennial in the right zones.
However, it will have to be potted and moved indoors if you live where frost could impact the plant. The blooms are beautiful on this plant and give off a sweet aroma to boot.
So there you have it today, guys. These are 25 stunning options for plants that grow in shade, and also shrubs, and ground coverings that could be used to add a little life to a shady spot in your garden or yard.