Most plants love summer sun, but what plants should you plant in areas of your garden that don’t get a lot of sun? Brooke Umberger, Horticulture Coordinator for Hershey Gardens, appeared on Good Day PA to talk about shade loving plants for your garden.
Foliage plants that like shade
- Shade loving; add texture and green color to your garden.
- Vary in size and shape; some grow in a circular shape while others create a clumping formation.
- Solid green and variegated. For example: green with red hues, or green with white.
- Taller varieties are good for the backline of your garden. Ferns also look great in large swales.
- Ostrich Fern
- Christmas Fern
- Cinnamon Fern
- Ground covering varieties are good for the front of your garden and borders.
- Japanese Painted Fern
- Ghost Fern
- Shade loving plant chosen for its foliage.
- Leaves can be solid green, green and yellow, or green and white.
- Leaves vary in shapes and sizes.
- Although hostas are chosen for their foliage, they do flower (purple or white).
- Victory – 2015 Hosta of the Year
- Fried Bananas
- Sum and Substance
Flowering plants that like shade
- Astilbe is a shade-loving perennial with colorful “feathery” spikes and fern-like foliage.
- Flowers can be red, pink, or white.
- Great for bouquets
- When flowers are spent, cut them off and the foliage will still look great until early fall.
- Depending on the cultivar, astilbe can grow anywhere from 2 to 5 feet.
- Low-growing plant with different types of foliage.
- Can give off the appearance of a groundcover.
- Lungwort flowers in late spring and gets small blue and pink flowers.
- Great for borders and fronts of gardens
- Raspberry Ice
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