Shade Plants for a Deck

Just because the deck is located in the shade doesn't mean that you can't have colorful blooms permeating the space. In fact, there are many shade plants that have brilliant foliage and bright blossoms to light up the space with color and vibrancy. Shade plants like hosta and ferns look lovely tucked inside a container and situated around the deck space. The lenton rose, another shade-loving plant, has bright green foliage and white blooms that are lovely scattered around the deck. In fact, there are plenty of plant options for your shady deck.


Rhododendron is an evergreen plant that requires shade and well-drained soil to thrive. The hardiness zone for the rhododendron is 4 to 7. This vibrant evergreen has bright pink flowers that begin their emergence in the spring to last through the summer. The rhododendron shrub grows up to 6 feet high and wide and looks stunning along the deck for bright bursts of color. This long lasting shrub has leather-like dark green leaves that become a deep purple in the winter. The rhododendron is also an excellent cold weather plant.


Hellebores are a beautiful perennial plant that require full to part shade to grow. It reaches a maximum of 12 to 18 inches in height and is a fast spreader around the landscape. The hellebore bloom has a cup or bell shape that faces outward. The drooping shape of this perennial looks lovely along the deck landscape. Hellebores also do well inside containers that have rich, moist and well-drained soil. They are shade-loving perennial blooms that will come back each year fuller and healthier. The dark green leaves on the hellebore paired with their white and rose-colored blooms, makes for an interesting plant that sprouts up every spring. The flowers on this hardy plant are rambunctious and persist well past their blooming period to eventually turn green.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea is a slow-growing deciduous shrub that grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. This long-lasting plant prefers rich and moist soils. The oakleaf hydrangea, as the name indicates, as leaves shaped like oak tree leaves. The leaves range from 4 to 6 inches long and in the fall turn a deep purple. The oakleaf hydrangea flowers are abundant and start off green and turn white during the summer. As the summer fades, the flowers fade to pink and green to eventually turn brown. Dried oakleaf hydrangea flowers heads create popular fall and winter floral arrangements because of their rich colors.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.