Shade Loving Plant
Some suggestions for shade loving plants that will thrive in the shady areas of garden or yard.
A shady yard can present problems to the gardener; it seems at times that the showiest plants crave all sun, all the time. But shade offers delicate beauties some space to shine. Look to woodlands for ideas: nature provides lovely ground cover even in the shady forest. Here are some selections of shade loving plants for your home.
Asian jack-in-the-pulpit (arisaema ringers): This herbaceous perennial has white and pink flowers on the inside but appears green on the outside. It is twelve inches tall, and hardy in zones 6 through 9.
The blooms of the lacy corydalis range from pale blue to lightest lavender, and sometimes pink. You'll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy these blossoms as they bloom all summer long. A very tolerant plant (especially to the novice gardener) to shade and sun, acidic and alkaline soil.
For the lightly shady sections of your garden, try the pretty in pink cardamine quinguefolia. Plant in groups for biggest effect.
Remember rubbing a buttercup under your chin as a little child? Hellebores, members of the buttercup family, are great in the shade. These are white, pink, sometimes lavender, and very forgiving of almost any type of soil.
The barrenwort is a great addition to the shade garden. Great for ground cover, it is hardy in zones and blooms in lilac in April and May, zones 5-9.
Baneberry looks something like a small bush (about 2 feet high). Small white flowers appear from spring to early summer. The true attractiveness appears in the autumn, however, with clusters of red or white berries. As the name indicates though, the berries are poisonous.
The heart-shaped leaves of Bishop's Cap (or miterwort) are lovely on their own; as the frame for the white flowers that shoot up, though, they are irresistible. Although this plant prefers moisture, it can tolerate dryness, a good point for areas where rainfall is erratic.
If you have acidic soil, you may want to try the Fringed Bleeding Heart (dicentra Eximia). A foot and a half to two feet tall, this plant has interesting short spurs of mauve flowers.
For those with the patience to wait for a slow growing plant, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) may be an option. An early bloomer, the single flower is white or pink and very striking. The name derives from the fact that the root can be used to produce a deep red dye.
Blue Cohosh (caulophyllum thalictroides) is a good border plant, and due to the design of the leaves, gives the impression of being multi-leaved although this isn't truly the case. It grows to four feet and prefers rich soil.
Dutchman's Breeches have fragrant, white blossoms and feathery leaves. They grow to a height of ten inches and like a rich alkaline soil.
The Canada Mayflower (maianthemum canadese) needs a little care; plant under a deciduous tree where you can be assured no one steps. This six-inch high plant has lovely white blossoms that mature into red berries. Plant in masses for best effect.
Hepatica looks delicate but is easy to grow; you have a choice of white, pink, blue, or purple. Since it blooms in the early spring, it can be a welcome sign of the end of winter.
Creeping Snowberry (gaultheria hispidula) is a great choice if you have a stone wall you'd like to cover. The leaves are dark, the flowers are tiny and bell-shaped, and the berry is also white. The effect is very dainty.