Plants make the atmosphere relaxing and make you feel closer to mother nature. We always see them in parks, gardens, and sidewalks. Though plants are usually associated with the sun, considering that sunlight is needed for their growth and development, not all plants are sun-lovers. There are plants that like shade better. Even if they tend to stay away from direct sunlight, these plants that grow in the shade is as beautiful and nice as their sun-loving counterparts.
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12 Best Plants That Grow In The Shade
So if ever you want to decorate the inside of your homes to make it more relaxed and calm, or if you just simply want an in-door plant because you do not want to go outside and be in direct sunlight when you water and care for them, then these plants that grow in shade will be great for you.
Here is a list of the best plants for shade:
Aside from their beautiful flower plumes in which they are known for, the astilbe, especially the recent varieties, have foliages of different color. The color may range from bronze, or wine red to different shades of green (pale green, dark green, or blue green). If you want to witness an interesting array of colors and texture all through the season, you might need to get varieties of different foliage colors, blooming times as well as varied plant heights.
2. Bleeding Heart
The bleeding heart is considered as a shade-loving perinneal which means that when you plant it once, it will bloom every year. It was named such because its flowers are similar to a tiny heart that is usually colored pink or white with a tinge or a few drops of blood at the bottom.
3. Coral Bells
What makes coral bells unique is the fact that its leaves are the ones that provide it a color. If you want to see strings of silver, burgundy, rusty orange, salmon, chartreuse or purple-black color inside your abode to add excitement to a dull room, then I suggest that you take coral bells inside.
4. Dead nettle
This plant usually blooms during early summer, and once it does, it will show a silvery plant with purple, pink, red, or white buds. The dead nettle is a low spreading plant, yet it is not invasive.
5. English Ivy
Though it is one of the plants that like shade and moist, the English ivy is in need of a well-drained soil. It is also considered as a deciduous climber as well as a frost-resistant plant.
I personally remember my mom and her plants. She loves euphorbias and they are easy to manage as well as pleasing to the eyes as long as you have different colors of it in your collection. The color of euphorbia varies wildly, which makes it even more beautiful.
7. Foam flower
Foam flower has a great similarity with coral bells in terms of their leaves and form. However, the difference that you can notice between the two is their leaves. Foam flower has matte leaves, which is a big comparison from the shiny leaves of the coral bells. The leaf veins of the new variety of this flower are burgundy-red, while the flowers can either be white or pale pink.
Most of the varieties of foxgloves are biennials which can break your heart considering that they spend their first year growing, and they bloom on their second year then die. Too heartbreaking, right? But then again, foxgloves usually re-seed themselves and you will have a plant every year.
9. Japanese forest grass
Known as hakonechloa, this is one of the best plants for shade considering that it grows best when it is shaded and they are perfect for closed gardens. It is usually colored golden-green, lime green or variegated. Believe it or not, this grass can sometimes turn red, purple or orange during the fall season.
10. Ladys mantle
One of the plants that grow in the shade is the ladys mantle. The flowers start to appear in June each year with a yellow-green color. The flowers of the ladys mantle are usually use to add design to bouquet of flowers.
The lungworts leaves are usually long and narrow. Since lungwort is also one of those silvery plants, its leaves can be fully silver, spotted with silver or have some splash of silver. The flowers of lungwort bloom in spring and have a variety of colors which include white, pink and blue. These different colors mostly appear on the same plant making your shaded area feel alive and colorful.
This is perhaps the most common plant on this list that people usually talk and hear about. Primroses are beautiful, and that is a given fact. Hence, it is also one of the best plants for you to put inside a shady area. All in all, there are 425 varieties of these plant that you can enjoy which come in different colors of the rainbow from red to violet, and can also be lilac or pink.
With such shade-loving plants, you can ensure the beauty of your homes, inside gardens, or buildings since they will not wither easily even without the presence of the direct heat of the sun. These flowers will beautify your surroundings and give color to the place where you will put such plants. If the above list is not suited to your liking, then check the list of these other plants that grow in shade to see if something will catch your interest:
- Baby Blue Eyes
- Bee Balm
- Common Shooting Star
- Hosta Buckshaw Blue
- Jacobs Ladder
- Lambs Ears
- Gooseneck Loosestrife
- Plaintain-Lily (Hosta)
- Siberian Iris
- Spotted Deadnettle
- Wishbone flower