25 Colorful Plants That Thrive in Full Shade

If you have visited this site before you will have seen several articles listing plants that grow in shade, but while many will be happy in partial shade those that thrive in full shade are harder to find. That is where this list from Mike McGroarty comes to the rescue with twenty-five plants that fit the bill and thrive in these conditions. I found this article on Mike’s Backyard Nursery website.

We are taught at a young age that flowers and plants need plenty of sunshine and water in order to grow. While that is mostly true, it is also true that there are a number of beautiful shade loving flowers and shrubs that prefer to live in the darker areas of your yard.

Here are my recommendation of 25 full shade plants that will look great in your yard.

#1  Hellebore

Sometimes called the winter rose, hellebore blooms in the late winter or early spring.  Blooms come in a wide variety of shades- white, red, pink, purple, orange, yellow, tan…   With leathery leaves and thick petals (not to mention winter blooms! ), you’d swear this plant is fake.  They grow in zones 4-9.

#2 Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

When it comes to flowers, hydrangea go for the gusto.  The huge flower clusters bloom late spring into early autumn as either mophead (large round or conical clusters) or lace cap (flat, loosely arranged blooms).   While white hydrangeas will always bloom in shades of white, the pink or blue flowering varieties can be changed by the soil.  The more acidic the soil, the more blue the blooms will be.  Alkaline soil produces pink blooms.

#3 Astilbe

White Astilbe

Pink Astilbe

Astilibe is a cute little bush with interesting leaves that add texture to your landscape.  They sport red, pink or white flowering plumes in the spring through summer months.  They are tolerant of wet soil and grow well in zone 3-9.

See more at Mike’s Backyard Nursery


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