Shade Flowers to Plant

Figuring out what to do with a shady corner of the garden can be tricky. While many shrub and tree species tolerate shade, fewer flowering plants will thrive in shade. Luckily there is a handful of flowers that produce their healthiest blooms in full shade.

Bigleaf Hydrangea

Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) is a flowering shrub with broad, flat leaves and large clusters of blooms, which range in color from blue to lavender and white depending on the cultivar. Bigleaf hydrangea grows well in full shade or partial shade in USDA zones 5B to 9A. The plant is tolerant of a range of well drained soils, from acidic to neutral or slightly alkaline. The shrub won't do well in a drought and requires frequent watering to keep the soil moist at all times. The flowers of the plant are commonly used for dried flower arrangements.

Lenten Rose

Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis) is a flowering evergreen shrub native to Eurasia. A member of the buttercup family, lenten rose produces waxy white blooms in late winter or early spring. The plant loves shade and will grow in both light shade or even full, deep shade. Lenten rose grows best in loose, well- drained soil in USDA zones 4 to 9. Water the soil frequently to keep the soil moist, and give the plant a dose of fertilizer in the spring.

Large Flowered Trillium

Large flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) is a bushy perennial native to North America. The plant boasts showy pink and white blooms, which appear in mid to late spring. Large flowered trillium grows best in acidic or neutral soil in USDA zones 4A to 9A. The plant is quite tolerant of shade and will thrive in full shade or partial shade. Water large flowered trillium frequently to keep the plant healthy and fresh.

Baby Primrose

Baby primrose (Primula malacoides) is a low growing perennial that boasts oval-shaped green foliage and clusters of brightly colored flowers. The plant grows well outdoors in USDA zones 8A to 10A, though the plant can also be cultivated indoors. Baby primrose requires neutral, well-drained soil that is watered frequently to keep the soil consistently moist. The plant grows best in either full shade or partial shade. Commonly used in containers and borders, baby primrose is a remarkably early bloomer that starts flowering as early as winter, continuing on until the end of spring.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.