Gardening

Shade plants to flower your shaded beds


To grow in good conditions, a plant needs a suitable soil, of a minimum waterand of light.

Yes, but there you go, your garden is exposed due northand very rarely enjoys the benefits of the sun.

Rest assured, there is nothing irremediable. Just choose plants that prefer to be in the shade; because they exist.

Selection of perennials and shrubs to help you.

Heather earth plants: champions of shade

Heather land plants are hands down the best plants for flowering a shaded massif. They will offer you a very wide range of colors of flowers and leaves, shapes, scent. However, they have a downside: they only thrive in acidic soil.

Heather earth plants include, among others: azalea, rhododendron, andromeda, Japanese maple, skimmia, hydrangea, camellia and of course heather.

As this category of plants is very large, the list is not exhaustive.

Shade plants

Bergenia

Persistent perennial, bergénia flowers in winter and at the very beginning of spring.

Easy to maintain, it makes a excellent ground coverat the foot of a tree or shrub, for example.

Saxifrage

Small upholstery perennial, saxifrage pleasantly embellishes a bed with the multitude of its small aerial flowers.

Most recommended for a shady situationare there Saxifraga urbium, the Saxifraga stolonifera(very original by its flowers) and the Saxifraga umbrosa.

Hostas

Like heather earth plants, hostas are also the queens of shade plants. Thanks to their very varied foliage colors, you can create a bed made up entirely of hostas without it appearing bland or dull. Their only weak point is being the target of the slug's gluttony.

Omphalodes

An evergreen plant that grows in a clump, the omphalodes are maintenance-free and will brighten up your garden with its light green leaves and small blue flowers resembling forget-me-nots.

Heuchère

Also very comfortable in a shaded situation, the heucheres also offer a wide range of foliage colors that will leave you spoiled for choice to create your bed.
Among the most remarkable, we can mention: Heuchera sanguinea, Heucheramicrantha ‘Palace purple’and Heuchera'Caramel'.

Hellebores

Deciduous to evergreen perennials with large bell-shaped flowers, hellebores have the double advantage of preferring shady situations and of flowering from December to April depending on the species.

They are therefore ideal for beautifying your garden in winter.

Shrubs that grow in the shade

Fortunei charcoal erald Emerald’n’Gold ’

Remarkable for its compact habit and green foliage edged with bright bright yellow, this hardy shrub, persistent and easy to maintainwill bring a touch of light to your shadow corner.

Cotoneaster dammeri

Creeping shrub and particularly rustic, it is very floriferous and will decorate your massif in winter thanks to its many red fruits.

Note : part of the Rosaceae family, Cotoneasterare susceptible to fire blight. A certain vigilance must therefore be called for.

Gaultheria procumbens

This creeping and persistent shrub blooms in summer in the form of white or pink bells and then adorns itself with small scarlet red fruits.

The leaves of the Gaultheria also have the particularity of releasing a powerful scentwhen crumpled.

Ferns

Hard to talk about shade plantswithout evoking ferns. Even if they do not bloom, they are nevertheless not without interest. Thanks to the color and shapes of their leaves, but also to their size, they indeed offer a multitude of possibilities to enhance your garden.

Those that stand out are the Phyllitis scolopendrium with smooth, uncut foliage, the Adiantum pedatumwith finely segmented fronds, the original Cyrtomium fortuneiand the classic, but robust Dryopteris.

Video: A Guide To Shade Gardening u0026 Shade Garden Plants (November 2020).