10. Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mantle is a perennial that has many uses. Some use it to decorate wreaths and other décor with. 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.
But 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 plants. You can use it in many diverse ways too.
Basically, they mound when planted in the ground. But they can also be used in flower boxes and vases.
But they are very heat tolerant plants and will grow just about anywhere including the shade.
Coleus is what is 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 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.
But 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
So 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-degree temperatures during the day; and 60-65 degree temperatures at night.
So 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. But 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. That is great news as you should only have to plant it once.
But 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.