Best-Suited Flowers for Shaded Gardens
All gardens can look beautiful, but not all gardens are going to look the same. You need to plant flowers that are suited for the location. If you only plant flowers that need a lot of sun-light in a garden that is shaded most of the time, those flowers don’t have a chance of doing well.
It’s always easier to grow a garden in a visible and sunny location but that’s not always an option.
Here are some of the best-suited flowers for a garden that is shaded.
As one of the most well-known shade flowers—and one with the most varieties—Hostas are perfect for any shaded garden.
“Hostas are hardy perennials that are especially perfect for a shady garden. Reliable and very easy to grow, hostas are long-lived—and may even outlive the gardener!” - Almanac
These plants produce fragrant white, purple, and pink flowers that hummingbirds absolutely love.
Violas come in hundreds of varieties and are one of the easiest shade flowers to care for. Violas like full sun but not the heat that comes along with it. Because of this, Violas can just as easily do well in shaded areas of your garden.
“Violas are some of the most cool-weather-loving early-spring flowers. They enjoy milder temperatures from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. With proper care, they can bloom all summer and most will bloom again in the fall.” - The Spruce
Bonus, Viola’s are edible and work well as a garnish or in a salad.
Astilbes are very well suited for shade and require very little maintenance. Their foliage remains attractive all season long and bloom commonly in late spring to late summer. With the added bonus that they are resistant to deer and rabbits!
“These part shade to full shade lovers thrive in organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Easy to grow, their biggest enemy is dryness - so don’t let the soil dry out!” - Gardenia
Bleeding hearts are a very iconic flower because of its resemblance to the thing it’s named after—bleeding hearts. The most common species of this flower grows arching stems with rows of pink heart-shaped flowers with white tips hanging from them.
“It grows well in light, damp shade and looks good growing in clumps amongst shrubs.” - Gardeners' World
Bleeding hearts are suited for shaded gardens and bloom most often from late spring to early summer.
Lily of the Valley
The Lily of the Valley is a very adaptable plant. If well cared for it can thrive in damp, partial shade to dry, full shade, to full sun as long as it is watered enough.
“These delicate bells dangle on short stems and have a strong fragrance. It's a ground cover that spreads readily, so be careful where you plant it.” - Country Living
Your shaded gardens can look just as bright and colourful as any full-sun garden out there, as long as you know what to plant. There are tons of shade plants out there, these are just some of the best, so take a look to figure out what you'd like to include in your shaded garden.
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