Colorful Flowers for Shade

Flowers add beauty to your landscape and enhance the look and feel of the environment surrounding your home. Whether you're starting from scratch as a beginner or you're a seasoned flower gardening pro, there are always new and exciting types of flowers to learn about and incorporate with your garden surroundings--especially when making use of shaded parts of your yard. Shade-loving flowers vary in texture, color and scent throughout the world, from common garden annuals to rare and exotic blooms.


Although annuals don't ordinarily do well in shade, the amethyst flower (Browallia speciosa) thrives as long as it gets partial bursts of sun to enhance its growth. Sometimes called a Jamaican forget-me-not or a bush violet, the amethyst flower presents itself as a striking and vividly colored flower that will accent a light to moderately shaded flowerbed. Amethyst flowers thrive in well-drained soil with nutritive mulch and compost for optimal flowering. They require only weekly waterings so as not to be over-watered. The plant thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 11.


A perennial bulb flower, crocus (Colchicum autumnale) thrives in grassy and well-shaded soil through which it obtains nutrition to enhance its appearance. Crocus colors vary immensely, ranging from white to black and virtually every color variation and pattern one could imagine. The flowers sprout from a short tubular stem and remain closed in an upside-down bell formation. The closed flowers open widely to boast a colorful and grand floral scene, making them attractive additions to a shaded patio or home-bordering flower plot. Crocus flowers varieties thrive in Zone 4 and up.


Deeply shaded garden areas often struggle to support anything other than foliage, but the trillium flower (Trillium grandiflorum) blooms brightly with deep tones of burnt crimson and even bright white. It thrives in dark areas in humus-enriched soil and plenty of top mulch to retain the nutrients it needs to grow. Trillium grows in temperate climates during the spring and early fall seasons, but can be grown during the summer if the shaded areas receive adequate moisture and fertilizer. It grows well between Zones 5 and 8.

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