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Shade Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Plants

by Gregory
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Shade Gardening: A Guide to Choosing the Right Plants


Do you have shady areas in your garden? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many gardens have some shade, whether it’s a whole border or just a dark corner.

Choosing the Right Plants for Shade

The key to successful shade gardening is choosing the right plants for the right spot. Here are some things to consider:

  • Type of shade: There are different types of shade, from dappled shade (about 3 hours of sun a day) to deep shade (less than 3 hours of sun a day).
  • Soil conditions: Some plants prefer dry shade, while others prefer damp shade.
  • Plant size and shape: Consider the size and shape of the plants you choose to fit your garden space.

Best Plants for Shade

Here are some of the best plants for different types of shade:

  • Dappled shade: Hostas, ferns, impatiens, begonias
  • Deep shade: Astilbes, bleeding hearts, hellebores, rhododendrons
  • Dry shade: Yews, boxwoods, viburnums, pachysandra
  • Damp shade: Irises, daylilies, ligularia, skunk cabbage

Other Shade Gardening Tips

  • Use evergreens: Evergreens can provide year-round color and interest in shady areas.
  • Plant in groups: Planting in groups creates a more dramatic effect and helps to fill in bare spots.
  • Mulch: Mulch helps to retain moisture and suppress weeds.


With the right plants and a little planning, you can create a beautiful and thriving shade garden. So don’t let shade stop you from enjoying your garden!

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