Landscaping Where the Sun Don’t Shine — The Shade

Our last post featured plants that thrive in the sunlight. We wanted to provide the Yin to that article’s Yang by taking a look at some plants that need sunlight to survive, but prefer the shade.

Incorporating plants that do well in the sunlight as well as plants that do well in the shade almost guarantees that your landscaping design will have a diverse look and it will be successful. We recommend you seek a professional’s assistance in placing plants in their correct locations so that they receive the optimal amount of sunlight specific for each plant.

The following plants are incredibly popular and have proven to thrive in the shade.

1. Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

The Christmas Fern is a low lying plant that adds a vibrant green to any landscaping design.

2. Astilbe

Astilbe

Astilbe

The Astilbe plant is a truly beautiful plant that comes in several colors. It is a member of the perennial family. It has colorful blues on top of a green almost fern-like base. It prefers the shade and is perfect for landscaping projects around Easter because it usually blooms in the spring.

3. Hosta

Hosta

Hosta

The Hosta is really popular in the Ohio River Valley. Again, Hostas are a perennial plant that add a great splash of green to any yard. They are versatile in that they can be planted by themselves or they can be placed in clusters (as seen above). These great plants vary in size and will make your landscaping really pop if they receive the right amount of shade.

4. Holly Blue Princess

Holly 'Blue Princess'

Holly Blue Princess

The Blue Princess Holly is a shrub that can reach pretty tall heights. This plant will require pruning at the home owners discretion. The color and texture that the Blue Princess Holly will bring to any property is worth the upkeep.

5. Hydrangea Glowing Embers / Endless Summer

Hydrangea: Glowing Ember | Endless Summer

Hydrangea: Glowing Ember | Endless Summer

These two types of hydrangeas are more successful in the shade. In our previous post, we mentioned that Hydrangea Limelight and Vanilla strawberry do better in the sunlight. You can incorporate different types of the same family of plant in a landscaping design. The only thing you must determine is what part of your property receives more sunlight and what part gets more shade.

Like any hydrangea these have beautiful blooms that add great pops of color to any design.

6. Boxwood Green Velvet

Boxwood Green Velvet

Boxwood Green Velvet

The Green Velvet Boxwood is an evergreen, which means that it will retain its vibrant green color year round. This boxwood is a low lying plant that is a popular item in a lot of landscaping designs.

Every property has areas that receive shade at some point throughout the day. Some areas receive more shade than other parts and these plants should be highly considered when trying to fill those areas.

Contact Brentwood Landscape & Design today and let us help you fill the shady and sun-filled areas of your property!