Shady landscapes aren't limited to foliage plants. Several plants do quite well without a lot of sun and some blooming plants thrive in shade. Asses your particular location throughout the year to see how much light is present to determine which shade plant is best for the area. Be sure to provide plenty of water and amend the soil with added nutrients if possible because plants grown in shade often compete with trees and shrubs.
Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana) are branching, spreading annuals, that rapidly grow 8 to 36 inches tall, depending on the cultivar. Impatiens have 6-inch green leaves and flower in a variety of colors, such as purple, white, yellow, red, orange and variegated. They prefer partial shade and moisture-retentive, but well-drained soils. Impatiens are not frost tolerant.
Daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids and cultivars) are clump-forming, evergreen perennials, that grow to 3 feet tall. They have grassy, strap-like, green leaves and funnel-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, orange, red and purple. Daylilies can grow in partial shade in a wide range of soils and are cold hardy to USDA zone 3.
Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria species) is a spreading perennial that grows 8 to 12 inches in height. They produce bright green leaves and short-stemmed, bell-shaped flower heads. Lily-of-the-valley flowers are usually white, but C. majalis var. rosea is a pink bloomer. They grow in partial shade in deep, moist, well-drained soil. Lily-of-the-valley grows in zones 3 through 9.
Camelias are evergreen shrubs or small trees that grows 10 to 20 feet in height with 8- to 15-foot spread. They produce glossy, dark green leaves and short-stemmed flowers in shades of white, pink or red. Camelias typically bloom during the colder months. You can grow camelia bushes in shaded or semi-shaded locations in acid to neutral, well-drained soils. Depending on the cultivar, camelias grow in zones 7 through 10.
Viola, also known as violets, or pansies, are annual or perennial, small, shrubby plants growing up to 8 inches tall. Violas grow in clumping forms and have lobed, kidney-shaped, or heart-shaped leaves and five-petalled flowers of various colors. Viola grows in shade or sun in well-drained soil. Depending on the species, viola grows in zones 4 through 10.