Plants for Shady Sites

Unlike sun-lovers, these plants have adapted to grow and thrive in shady conditions.
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Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta; The classic English bluebell is ideal for growing in shady borders. H 8–16 in (20–40 cm); S 3 in (8 cm).

Barrenwort or Bishop’s Miter

Epimedium x perralchicum; Evergreen perennial flowering in spring. Will grow in shade beneath trees. H 16 in (40 cm); S 24 in (60 cm).

Ivy

Hedera helix ‘Glymii’; Most green-leaved ivies grow in shade, if the soil is kept moist. Variegated ivies tend to need more light. H 6 ft (2 m).

Jerusalem Sage

Pulmonaria saccharata; Spreading, ground-cover plant with white-flecked, green leaves and red-violet, violet, or white flowers in spring. H 12 in (30 cm); S 24 in (60 cm).

Hosta

Hosta ‘Buckshaw Blue’; Slow-growing variety with deep blue-green leaves. Hostas thrive in damp shade—though watch out for slugs and snails. H 14 in (35 cm); S 24 in (60 cm).

Trillium

Trillium grandiflorum; Vigorous perennial bearing pure white flowers in spring and summer. H to 16 in (40 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).

Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Praecox’; Large, deciduous shrub with clusters of open, white flowers from midsummer. H 10–22 ft (3–7 m); S 8 ft (2.5 m).

Lily-of-the-Valley

Convallaria majalis ‘Albostriata’; Beautifully scented shade-lover ideal for growing with ferns in a cool spot. H 9 in (23 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).

Foam Flower

Tiarella cordifolia; The tiny flowers are borne over a long period from spring to summer. Spreads freely. H to 10 ft (3 m); S to 6 ft (2 m).

Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis; Winter-flowering, in shades of purple, pink, and greeny white. Will tolerate a damp, shady woodland garden. H 18 in (45 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).

Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum ‘Album’; Low-growing, spreading, nettlelike plant that thrives in shade. Good ground cover among shrubs or in woodland areas. H 6 in (15 cm); S 24 in (60 cm).

Fuchsia

Fuchsia ‘Mrs. Popple’; A bushy, fast-growing fuchsia that should be as happy in light shade as in full sun. H 3 ft (1 m); S 3 ft (1 m).

Viburnum

Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’; A dense, evergreen shrub with clusters of white flowers followed by blue-black fruits. H 10 ft (3 m); S 10 ft (3 m).

Woodrush

Luzula nivea; A tufted, grasslike perennial, found in the wild in moorland, bogs and woodland. Useful for damp shade. H 6 ft (2 m); S 8 ft (2.5 m)

Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis; A perennial with dangling, heart-shaped flowers. Grows well in partial shade and sun. H to 4 ft (1.2 m); S 18 in (45 cm).

Cranesbill

Geranium phaeum; A good plant for damp shade. Late spring and early summer flowers, deep purple-black, maroon or white. H 32 in (80 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).