Shade Loving Flowering Plants for a Woodland Garden or Shady Area

Plant Flowers in the Shade

The shady areas around our homes are pleasant but are often bare spots devoid of flowering plants. But there are many perennials, annuals, and shrubs that can brighten up those partially shaded to fully shaded areas near or under trees, or on the north side of the house.

Some shade loving plants offer colorful or variegated foliage to brighten up those dark areas. Others produce lovely flowers. But before you decide to purchase a plant for shade, first define the type of shade in the section of the yard you where want to introduce a new plant.

When planting shade loving plants, remember to improve and enrich the soil with compost, peat, or humus. If planting a new area, dig down 6 - 10 inches and add the compost or other enriching agents, and mix together with existing soil.

Do not dig down or into, or chop tree roots as you can cause permanent damage to the tree.

Below find a list of shade loving flowering plants.

Types of Shade

Moist and Cool Shade on the north side of the house offers an excellent environment for several shade loving plants. Ferns, while not flowering plants, present an attractive show, with their delicate leaves and arching fronds.

Partial Shade means that the area is in the shade for 4 - 5 hours during daylight hours. Many plants that prefer partial shade will do best in morning sun, as the afternoon sun in hot summer months may be too intense.

Light Shade areas are shaded for 2 - 4 hours during daylight hours. Even some sun loving plants can thrive in this type of light, especially in hot regions of the South and in the afternoon.

Filtered Shade is a sun dappled area, under or near a tree that does not provide a thick canopy or have thick foliage.

Full Shade Some spots on the north side of the house, or under or near large trees receive no sun at all.

Dry Shade is often fully shaded areas beneath large trees that do not receive a lot of moisture from rain due to the heavy foliage. But even dry shade loving plants need to be watered thoroughly when first planted in order to establish a healthy root system. Mulch to retain moisture.