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Best Shade Plants For Gardeners

Posted by Tammy Sons on Jan 25, 2016

Best Plants For Shade – Plants

There are many shade plants that grow in this sort of environment. Finding them may require some research on what does well in your area. Some of more popular things, such as caladium and Hostas prefer a shady area as opposed to a lot of sun. Coleus also does well in the shade. There are quite a few more things, and, however, that may not be so common but are truly beautiful in the garden. To add some color in a shady area, the Amethyst Flower is perfect. The flower is a star shape blue and white blossom or even violet and white. It grows two feet tall. Begonias are also another favorite of gardeners for their beautiful colors, and they are truly hardy shade plants. The Coleus, as mentioned earlier is not a flower, but has beautiful leaves which can range in color from dark red to purple, orange, or even a blend of colors. They give a “cool” feeling when added to a shaded area. The caladium, which was mentioned earlier and is very common gives that same cool aspect when added to any shady area. These hardy plants have striking colored leaves which can be white, red, silver, and even more colors. What it interesting about the caladium is that these plants do well in large containers or pots they have good drainage.

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There are several varieties of this plant as well so you may have difficulties choosing that is your favorite. Hydrangeas are also shaded friendly. These are more of what would be called a shrub and has huge blooms of blue, white and pink. These are very low maintenance as well, requiring only occasional pruning and feeding. Then there are the Hostas, which were also mentioned previously. There are many varieties of this beautiful leafy plant that have differently shaped leaves. Some can be oval, round or even heart-shaped, and they come in many colors. The wonderful thing about Hostas is that since they are perennials, they will come back each year and are very low maintenance plants. Another wonderful thing about Hostas is that in very late summer, many of these varieties will have beautiful blooms. Probably one of the gardening favorites are the Impatiens. It comes in many different kinds, and one may take some time in choosing what they like best.

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However, if you can’t choose what variety or color, plant some of each. The blooms on this plant come in so many colors and will add endless hours of enjoyment to your shade garden space or flower bed. They are also beautiful used with rocks or in natural areas. These little plants require lots of water. Ornamental grasses are also wonderful plants for the shade garden. Japanese Forest Grass, for example, is gorgeous if used as an edging or just for a different shade of green. It’s very light and airy and does not require a lot of time. Another great ornamental glass plant is Goat’s Beard. It works well as a background plant in the garden and provides a woodland effect. It does spread; however, it spreads very slowly. Shady garden area that will give that “wow” factor, you may want to consider Allium. These come in various sizes, but some of the larger ones can be four to five feet in height with one huge round bloom on each stalk. Astilbe also makes a beautiful border for the shade garden or used in clusters throughout the garden. It blooms in early summer, and however the foliage is pretty as well. Ferns also make a terrific addition to any shaded area. Ferns come in many to choose. It depends on what kind of affect your are trying to achieve. Ferns also require good drainage and like to be kept moist. They liked to be missed so that all the leaves get some moisture.

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If you have a shade garden or are planning on having one, there is one plant that you should consider having. The Hellebores is a beautiful flowering plant with blossoms that can provide a wonderful source of color throughout the summer. The Bleeding Heart is another one of many favorite plants that do well in the shade. With spectacular blooms that are heart-shaped and have a deep pink color, they can be a wonderful addition in any shade garden. Many gardeners also will include some interesting vines in their shady areas or shade garden. They are many of these to choose from. One of the favorites perhaps is the Clematis. This vine is a very versatile plant and is a climbing vine. There are many varies of this plant to choose from. Some bloom throughout the year.

The Clematis also comes in many colors and some are even evergreen types. Some of these vines can grow to 25 feet so you will want to consider adding a trellis for the vine to climb. Another favorite vine of gardeners is English Ivy. It has been used as a groundcover because of its dense matting growth. You will need to be watchful if adding the ivy to your shady garden. It is best to keep it cut back, or it will take over any shaded area that you plant it in. Some areas even consider these plants invasive due to its ferocious and persistent growth patterns. However, if watched, and kept trimmed back, it can be an awesome addition. Shade gardens can impact a large area in one's yard.