When we think of shade plants, we often picture lush plants with deep green foliage and very few flowers.
The truth is: there are some very showy, colorful and easy care shade loving plants that will add much needed vibrant colors and cheerfulness to a dark shady spot, such as a covered patio, or the north side of your house.
Here are 30+ stunning shade plant garden combinations, with complete plant lists for each of them, and designer tips! Just write down your favorite ones and have fun plant shopping! 🙂
If you have a sunny location, here are 30+ stunning planting lists of sun loving plants!
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1 & 2. So many beautiful colorful shade plants!
All the plants in both of these containers below are perfect for full shade ( in hot sunny climates like California ) and partial shade ( in less sunny places like Pacific Northwest ).
Plant List 1: Start from top – Pink Fuchsia,Pink Begonia, Coleus mixed varieties , green Sweet Potato Vine
3 & 4. Choose the best shade plants for your locations
Look at the color of the wall and surrounding environment. For example, red foliage would not be as showy in front of a red brick wall as green foliage.
Plant List 3: Boston Fern, Maranta leuconeura / Prayer Plant, Heuchera ‘Key Lime Pie’, Hedera helix ‘Glacier’ / English Ivy ( from the beautiful portfolio of Laura Berman at Green Fuse Photos )
Plant List 4: Coleus mixed varieties , green Sweet Potato Vine, purple Sweet Potato Vine ( Source )
5 – 8. Planting design: secrets of three
Choose a combination of shade plants so you have dramatic focal point, fillers, and trailers. You will see these 3 design elements used in many of the planters here!
Plant List 5: Colocasia esculenta /Elephant Ears, Purple Plectranthus, Orange Impatiens, Red Stem Pilea
Plant List 7: Diffenbachia / Leopard Lily, Actaea racemosa, Caryopteris ‘White Surprise’, Red Begonia tuberosa, Hedera helix ‘Glacier’ / English Ivy, Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ / Creeping Jenny (via Deborah Silver)
Plant List 8: Myer’s Asparagus Fern, Imaptiens, Pathos ( Source )
9 & 10. White looks great in shade!
Some shade plants have white foliage or highlights, which can really brighten up a shade location.
Plant List 9: Caladium ‘White Christmas’, Boston Fern, Red Begonia tuberosa, Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ / Creeping Jenny ( The Garden Diaries )
Plant List 10: Boston Fern, green Sweet Potato Vine, White Petunia, White Daisies ( Botanical Blitz )