Shade Loving Perennial Flowers
Shade Loving Perennials
Going into the wild on a hike and exploring nature is truly a rewarding experience, but not always the most efficient or practical way to enjoy the natural world. What better way to enjoy nature than to grow it right in your own yard? Let’s say however that you live in an area where there is little sunlight, no wildlife and barely enough rain. You want to grow a gorgeous garden but you fear that your garden won’t flourish in the only growing conditions that are available to you. In areas that receive very little to almost no sunlight, shade loving perennials are the perfect plants to introduce to your garden.
Shade loving perennials require very little work and will grow continuously over the years. If your garden receives less than 5 hours of sun a day then you may want to find out which plants will grow best in these types of conditions. There are three types of shade conditions that many people do not realize are ideal for several plants to thrive; light shade, partial shade and full shade.
Rethinking The Shade Garden
Where there may be trees or other foliage blocking 25-35% of the sun but the area receives at least 5-6 hours of sunlight a day. These conditions are ideal for growing plants that bloom to full capacity before trees and other plants have a chance to do as such. Spring plants usually grow well in conditions that may not receive full sun at a minimum of 6 hours a day. Plants such as coleus, holly fern, impatiens, holly, English ivy, ajuga, toadlily and beautyberry will do exceptionally well in these areas.
Denser shaded areas that are open to the sky but trees, buildings or other obstructions may block out sunlight. Plants in these areas may receive sunlight from light that bounces off buildings or walls. Hosta, astilbe, fern, Virginia Bluebell, lilyturf, and hardy geranium can all grow well in partially shaded areas.
Fully shaded areas receive absolutely no sunlight and may be blocked by densely growing plants, city buildings, and trees. These are the hardest areas to grow plants, but there are several shade-loving plants that can thrive in this area such as lily-of-the-valley, bigroot geranium, bleeding heart, and wild ginger.
Get to Planting!
Planting in sites that receive very little sunlight does not have to limit your gardening options. Some of the most challenging growing sites make for some of the most striking gardens.
Growing In The Shade
How much shade is in your garden?
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