Just like human beings, each flower and plant has its individual needs. One may require daily watering, while the other prefers drought. The same goes with the need for sunlight: while some plants require a spot in full sun, others prefer shade. You might believe that the latter is quite hard to find, but there are many shade-tolerant plants out there. Read on if you ever wondered which flowers and plants grow in shade.
One of the flowering plants that don’t mind a shady spot in the garden is the Fuchsia. These plants are actually quite easy to care for because they thrive in full sun as well as (partial) shade. Handy! The bell-shaped flowers of this plant will show their colour from July until September.
Another shade-tolerant plant is the Hydrangea. But don’t get misled! Even though these flowering plants won’t be in full sun all day, they do require a lot of water in the summer months. Water Hydrangeas once every couple of days to ensure good growth.
You will find that most of the plants we already mentioned do prefer a spot in partial shade. Lots of Ferns, however, do not require sunlight at all. They thrive on damp soil and don’t like pruning. It’s the perfect low maintenance plant for people who are still new to gardening.
Next on our list of shade-tolerant plants is the Hosta, also known as Plantain Lilies. A true eye-catcher in your garden with its lilac or white bell-shaped blooms reminiscent of Lilies. Moreover, the blooms carry a heavenly scent, which attracts hummingbirds and bees. There are a lot of Hostas, differing in leaf colour and shape, making it easy to find one that blends in perfectly with the rest of your plants.
Cotoneaster is a ground-coverer or shrub which produces little white flowers in May and June. Later in the year, these white flowers are followed by red berries (birds love them!). All in all, an easy to care for plant that may surprise you with its different looks throughout the year.
The Rhododendron easily produces loads of beautiful flowers while in a shady spot. Did you know that its name is an ancient Greek combination of the words Rose (Rhódon) and tree (Dendron)? Some Rhododendron species can grow up to 20m tall, so make sure to choose the right one for your garden.
It might not surprise you that many climbing plants don’t need (a lot of) sunlight to grow tall either. As long as they have something to climb on, they will be perfectly happy. Examples of shade-tolerant climbing plants are Hedera, Firethorns (or Pyracantha) and climbing Hydrangeas.
Have you found the right shade-tolerant plants for your garden? Then go for it! Give your garden a makeover while keeping these gardening myths in mind.