Shade isn't a problem for these shade-loving varieties. Not only perfect for the landscape, consider creating containers to tuck under a tree too!
Add cheerful color to your shade garden with 'Clowning Around' Caladium! This fancy-leaf variety has bright rose pink veins, with creamy orange areas surrounding and between veins and olive green border. The leaves edges have some raised area giving the plant an interesting textured appearance. Very versatile, 'Clowning Around' works well in the landscape or in containers, where it functions as a thriller. Adaptable as a houseplant, try this caladium on a sunny windowsill.
The red and dark green speckled foliage of Hippo Red hypoestes will add an element of fun to any shady spot in your landscape. No wonder this plant is commonly called Polka Dot Plant! This versatile annual grown for its heat tolerant foliage performs great both in ground and in containers. OR, bring this beauty indoors where it is adaptable as a houseplant!
Salmon pink buds open up to rich blue flowers on this unique plant creating an interesting combination of color in spring. However, the true highlight of 'Spot On' Pulmonaria is its green foliage that is dusted with silver speckling. Even after the spring flowers have faded, this attractive foliage can be enjoyed for the remainder of the growing season. This deer resistant perennials adds visual interest to the shade garden.
Red and pink bi-color blooms add great flowering color to shaded areas whether in the landscape or in containers. Infinity 'Blushing Crimson' Impatiens is an upright mounded plant that features large bright flowers against dark green foliage. It makes a great border or edging plant for shady spots and is stunning when planted in masses.
Enjoy bright purple blooms in that shady corner of the garden from planting through frost when you choose Infinity Light Purple Impatiens. Enjoy its large bright blooms without need to deadhead. Long blooming and heat tolerant, this flowering annual for shade is an easy choice for borders, mass plantings or container gardens.
Flowers may come and go, but fabulous foliage is hard at work every single day bringing beauty and color to shady garden spaces. Some plants with fun foliage act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others steal the show all on their own. Here are 20 of our favorite shade tolerant annuals, perennials and shrubs that offer season-long color in containers and landscapes.
Primo ‘Pretty Pistachio’ Heuchera is a great foliage plant for the shade, with chartreuse to lime green leaves on a robust habit. Huge clusters of medium pink flower blooms are ready to be enjoyed all summer long. Deer resistant, yet butterflies will enjoy the beautiful blooms too.
Shadowland ‘Etched Glass’ Hosta will bring style and refinement to your hosta garden! Very wide, dark green margins contrast with a bright, brilliant yellow margin. A beautiful way to brighten up your shade garden too. Hummingbirds enjoy the bright white blooms that appear in summer too.
The luck of the Irish will be with you when you grow this dark, plum-colored shamrock plant. This is perfect plant for shaded patio planters. At the end of the growing season, bring Charmed Wine indoors to enjoy as part of your home decor. When new shoots begin to sprout in March or April, it will be a sure sign that spring is near.
Shadowland 'Waterslide' is an easy to care for perennial that prefers the shade, and is hardy in zones 3-9. These gorgeous blue, rippled leaves hold their color all season long. Lavender flowers appear in the summer, and these blooms will bring the hummingbirds for a visit too.