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9 perfect plants for sun-starved gardens

Just because you don’t have a sunny garden doesn’t mean you can’t have lovely plants and flowers. Here 9 examples of plants that love the shade.

May 20, 2021
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All plants need a little TLC when getting established, but once they get going, these shade-loving plants can handle challenging growing conditions with minimal help.  


Begonias are champions of the shade and add much-needed colour. They produce blooms that range from deep scarlet through to orange, pink and creamy white.


While some Hostas tolerate sun, those grown in partial shade usually produce the best-looking and longest-lasting leaves. There are so many varieties to choose from.


Coleus has foliage that has stunning colours and patterns from spring through autumn.  


Ferns come in a range of shapes, sizes and shades of green (and sometimes even red). They are a great addition to a shaded area of any garden.  


Hellebores like nutrient-rich, well-drained soil, which makes them a good choice for growing in the shade under trees.  

Kaffir Lily  

This stunning plant from the Amaryllis family promises to brighten up any outside space with their clusters of vibrant trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in shades of orange, red and yellow come spring.  

Giant Mondo Grass

Though referred to as a grass this plant is actually a lily and can completely transform bare or stark areas of the garden. It likes partial to full shade.

Trailing Lasiandra

A prolific display of purple/pink flowers cloak foliage from late spring through to early summer. Evergreen, dense mat-forming foliage is ideal for covering large areas or for cascading over walls or rockeries.

Creeping Jenny

Forms a compact mound of green and chocolate-coloured foliage with clusters of lemon-yellow flowers in spring.  

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