Flowering Plants That Do Well in the Shade

Whether you live in a region prone to cloudy days, or you're wanting to incorporate the dark parts of your yard into a landscape, shade-loving plants prove to make for useful botanical decor. From tropical foliage to temperate blossoms, shade-loving plants hail from all over the planet. Flowering plants that do well in the shade thrive in practically any type of climate, so long as they are kept shielded from the sun.

Bottlebrush Buckeye

A medium-sized flowering shrub, the bottlebrush buckeye thrives in partial shade with warm weather conditions. The plant produces spike-like stems that make the bush appear wider than it is tall. Each stem contains an abundance of deep-green foliage and several clusters of small flowers that vary in color from white to yellow. It prefers well-drained soil with peat moss mulch to retain moisture. It thrives throughout the summer months in temperate climates. Planting the bottlebrush buckeye in your own yard requires caution, as the bush produces seeds that can be fatally toxic to pets and children.

Monkey Flower

Found near cold water creeks and wet soil beneath large shrubs and foliage plants, the monkey flower proves to be an attractive specimen when added to a shaded garden. Although it's considered to be a pest in some areas--such as Michigan, from where some varieties of the plant hail--the monkey flower adds a touch of color and deep-green leaves to a moist shaded area. Colors of the blooms vary from white and yellow to pastels of pink, purple and blue. The stems are tall, thin and covered in fine hairs. Monkey flower blooms from February to April in temperate climates throughout the United States.

Toad Lily

A shade-loving perennial, the toad lily adds an exotic touch to a moist, warm and partially shaded area of your garden landscape. It produces a series of tubular green stems that present small speckled lily flowers of pink, white, red and lavender. Although toad lilies prefer sunny parts of gardens, they will also grow well in a shaded area with plenty of moisture and warmth. Kitchen compost with earthworms, added to the flower's soil, gives it nutrients to improve the look of the flowers. The toad lily makes for a vibrant contrast when grown beneath other ornamental flowering plants such as lilac and rose bushes.

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