Shade plants

Shade plants

Shade plants: the list of plants that can be grown in shady places in the garden or in dimly lit rooms. We are talking about flowering plants and varieties with ornamental leaves.

There are many plants that not they grow well in a sunny place, indeed, they would wilt in full sun. Generally, these are called "shade plants"But pay close attention, even theshade plants, like all the others, they use a certain amount of light to complete photosynthesis.

Even a shady area of ​​the garden can become a green place, full of vegetation. In the article dedicated totropical plants, the first reported are all plants that naturally grow at the foot and in the shade of the canopy of tall trees. The shade plants that we will see in this article do not follow a very different destiny in their natural habitat.

Shade plants

It is possible to grow flowers in the shade! With these cultivars, you will be able to transform the shady areas of your garden into a lush corner, full of lush vegetation. You can create bushes or grow saplings. Let's see some of the most beautifulplants to grow in the shade.

Rhododendron vireya

It is a tropical shrub that produces small flowers. It can be grown along the coasts and in Southern Italy. Those who live in the North will have to organize themselves to shelter the plant from the cold: they fear prolonged temperatures below 1 ° C. In the milder areas of the South, this plant has a very long flowering that ends in June and then resumes immediately in September.

Hisflowersthey are fragrant and have a very elegant appearance. If you don't live in areas with a mild climate all year round, grow the plant in pots and move it indoors in the winter.

Fatsia japonica

It is highly appreciated for its ornamental leaves. It resists up to -10 ° C even if it tolerates frost and snow. The plant wants well-draining soil. Thisevergreengrows up to 150 cm, has a small autumn flowering. It is a perfect shade plant.

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea is the shade plant par excellence. It can create large flowering bushes. The plant appreciates moist but extremely draining soil.

Hydrangea petiolaris

L'climbing hydrangeacan be grown on thebalcony in the shadeor in those areas of the garden where there is a wall, a railing or a specially organized artificial support. For its cultivation, in fact, it is necessary to prepare a guardian. L'climbing hydrangeablooms from May onwards.

Schizopragma hydrangeoideas

It strongly resembles climbing hydrangea but it is not. This plant features larger flowers with white bracts and decorative leaves with a toothed margin. Like H. macrophylla and H. petiolaris it needs a moist and well draining soil. This means that you will need to do abundant watering.

See our selected photos of shade plants

Oxalis tetraphylla

This is a rather unusual plant. Remember the classicquatrefoilof country. It is a perennial herbaceous plant that blooms prolonged from June to October (like the speciesrhododendron vireya is reblooming). You can grow it in shady areas of the garden or in an ornamental bowl. Keep in mind that it has very small dimensions: it reaches a maximum height of 30 cm.

The hybridOxalis tetraphulla Iron Crosshas a rust-colored spot in the center of the leaves. Another peculiarity that will make you love this shade plant? The leaves and flowers close at night and open during the day.

Hosta undulata

Hostas are perfect shade plants. They are long-lived, hardy and require little care. It is aboutornamental plantswhich have aesthetically pleasing leaves. There are varieties on the market with mottled, colored leaves or even with white or cream designs along the edges.

Heliotropium arborescens

Those who want a flowering plant to grow in the shade can aim for "Vanilla flower", botanically known as Heliotropium arborescens. This plant can be grown as an annual in the north and as a perennial in the south. It is a very demanding plant in terms of soil fertility so if grown in pots it must be repotted annually and fertilized often.

Akebia quintata

This plant is perfect for the garden in the shade, it resists cold and frost well (up to -15 ° C). It blooms in spring, from the beginning of May. From the flowers develop long berries containing edible seeds.

Felicia amelloides

It is similar to ablue daisy. Its flowers, in fact, recall those of daisies. It is commonly known as Agatea. It can be grown in the shade but wants a bright shade. It can be grown easily from sowing and within a year it will reach 40 cm in length and be ready to flower. Flowering is autumn. The plant should be grown in pots in the Center-North and then placed in a sheltered place in the winter months.

Video: Shade Plants from the Southern Living Plant Collection (June 2021).