Gardening

9 plants that bloom in the shade


We all have shady spots in our garden. While many flowers love the sun, there are also some beautiful plants that flower in the shade.

Discover our selection of shrubs, perennials and flowering annuals.

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Shade flowering shrubs

In the shade, we love the generous flowers of heather shrubs such as camellia, fuchsia, rhododendron or azalea. If your soil is neutral or chalky, choose an orange tree from Mexico instead!

Camellia

  • Variety: Camellia Japonica ‘Kerguelen’
  • Flowering period: March April
  • Interest: its glossy dark green foliage variegated with lighter green, enhanced by double cup-shaped flowers of a bright pink
  • Exhibition: partial shade, shade
  • Ground : fresh, rich, drained and acidic
  • The little extra? Its evergreen foliage makes it decorative all year round.

Fuchsia

  • Variety: Fuchsia regia ‘Reitzii’
  • Flowering period: august to november
  • Interest: its two-tone pink and purple bloom, formed by curved sepals and long pink stamens
  • Exhibition: partial shade, shade
  • Ground : rich, drained, neutral to acidic
  • The little extra? Its skirted flowers are renewed for 3-4 months, then giving way to small edible berries.

Mexican orange

  • Variety: Choisya ternata x arizonica ‘Scented Gem’
  • Flowering period: May-June and August-September
  • Interest: its simple flowers, pinkish white, in small bouquets and releasing a subtle fragrance
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade, shade
  • Ground : drained, light
  • The little extra? The beautiful foliage of the evergreen, fine Mexican orange tree, ideal for hedging.

Annuals blooming in the shade

Annuals delight us with their vigorous and ephemeral flowers. Most grow in the sun, but some prefer the coolness of a shady spot.

Digital

  • Variety: Digitalis purpurea ‘Mountains Mixed’
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Interest: its large erect floral stems, reaching up to 2m high and offering shades of pink, orange and yellow
  • Exhibition: partial shade, shade
  • Ground : rich and drained
  • The little extra? Foxglove is a honey plant visited by bees and bumblebees.

Primrose

  • Variety: Prima vulgaris ‘Belarina Cream’
  • Flowering period: February to April
  • Interest: its frilly double flowers in cream color
  • Exhibition: partial shade, shade
  • Ground : rich and drained
  • The little extra? Its flowers have softening and calming properties, they also form beautiful romantic beds.

Impatience

  • Variety: Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Hot Coral’
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Interest: Its dark green dentate foliage ribbed with purple, associated with single flowers of a very bright coral red
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade, shade
  • Ground : fresh, drained and rich
  • The little extra? Its pretty round petals and its compact habit reaching 40cm high.

Flowering perennials in the shade

These three perennials are distinguished by their notable blooms. Gentian and geranium offer beautiful shades of blue, while Cimicifuga reveals flowers of rare lightness and elegance.

Cimicifuga

  • Variety: Cimicifuga racemosa
  • Flowering period: july to august
  • Interest: its white and airy floral stems with very fine petals and a characteristic fragrance
  • Exhibition: partial shade, shade
  • Ground : rich and deep, neutral to acidic
  • The little extra? Its aromatic leaves, honey flowers and medicinal properties.

Gentian

  • Variety: Gentiana asclepiadea
  • Flowering period: august to september
  • Interest: its trumpet-shaped flowers revealing an intense blue
  • Exhibition: partial shade, shade
  • Ground : fresh, rich and drained, neutral to lime
  • The little extra? This variety measures up to 60cm in height, magnificent in beds or rock gardens!

Perennial geranium

  • Variety: Geranium 'Rozanne'
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Interest: its long blue-mauve bloom with a white heart
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade, shade
  • Ground : light and rich
  • The little extra? Its creeping port which quickly covers shaded spaces.

Video: Planting Shade Loving Perennials! . Garden Answer (October 2020).