12 Plants That Thrive in the Shade

Ligularia, sometimes known as "leopard plant," is a fantastic choice for any shade garden, and not just because deer don't eat it.

Ligularia

Hostas are an excellent choice for shady regions with moist soil. The broad-leafed beauty is mostly a foliage plant, but it can grow to be quite large.

Hostas

Spiderwort, commonly known as widow's tears, is a part-shade but not deep-shade plant. It has a lovely blossom and can grow to be between a foot and a half and two feet tall.

Spiderwort

While some sedums may handle some shade, Sedum ternatum, or woodland stonecrop, thrives in it.

Sedum ternatum

Although these spring bloomers tolerate some sun, they prefer partial to complete shade, especially in the summer heat. Some varieties are also aromatic.

Viola

Although they tolerate moderate sun, these spring bloomers prefer partial to complete shade, especially in the summer heat. Aromatic varieties are also available.

Asarum canadense

These spring bloomers tolerate moderate sun but prefer partial to complete shade, especially in the summer heat. There are also aromatic variations.

Astilbe

Due to the lovely shape of their blossoms, which develop in early spring, these little plants are also known as fairy wings or bishop's hat.

Epimedium

These small plants are also known as fairy wings or bishop's hat because of the exquisite shape of their blossoms, which appear in early spring.

Ferns

In late winter or early spring, these evergreen shrubs produce remarkable, long-lasting blooms.

Hellebore

This is a beautiful addition to the shadow landscape with its silvery, variegated foliage and yellow, pink, or purple blossoms. It's not fussy and thrives in dry conditions.

Lamium

With its silvery, variegated foliage and yellow, pink, or purple blooms, this is a lovely addition to the shadow landscape. It's easy to grow and does well in dry environments.

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