Don’t let areas of your yard untouched by sun hamper your
landscaping. Some plants flourish without direct sunlight.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion All-Seasons Garden
recommends the best types to grow in shady areas.
Don’t let areas of your yard untouched by sun hamper your landscaping. Some plants flourish without direct sunlight. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion All-Seasons Garden Guide” recommends the best types to grow in shady areas.
A Deep-Shade Garden
With the appropriate soil amendments – compost, manure, and shredded leaves – a shady area can be transformed into an attractive garden. Choose any of the recommended plants below for a cool, lush look.
• Alpine barrenwort: Green, heart-shape leaves turn bronze in fall; demure flowers; variety of colors, depending on cultivar.
• Bleeding heart: Glorious plant of mid-spring, topped with pink and white, drooping, heart-shape flowers on a large, fernlike plant.
• Bugleweed: Purple and green leaves on spreading, low-growing ground cover. Pretty blue or pink flowers in summer.
• Coral bells: More than 30 different varieties. Forms clumps of green or purple leaves topped with pink or white spires of flowers in early summer.
• Cranesbill: Fernlike leaves with white, pink, purple or blue flowers from early summer to early fall, depending on the variety. Choose all but compact, small species.
• Lily-of-the-valley: Low-growing and spreading, with tiny white bells in late spring that give off an unforgettable fragrance.
• Plantain lily: Glossy, open leaves in various shades of green and blue; also variegated forms.
• Spotted deadnettle: Hardy ground cover; green leaves variegated with white. Purple flowers in late spring.
• Sweet woodruff: Low-growing ground cover with tiny white flowers in late spring.
• Wakerobin: Three-leaved, with white, golden or maroon flowers in spring.
• White wood aster: Spreads all over the garden. Produces white flowers in late summer.
The Gardener’s Companion is available at bookstores.