List of Plants for the Shade

Shady spots in a landscape have unique characteristics--they're cooler than in other areas of the yard and there is no direct sunlight some plants require. If there is a spot in the landscape like that, or under trees, where you'd like to have a garden plot, shade plants are the answer.

Radicalis Palm

Radicalis palm is an evergreen that is good for indoor use, for containers and for shade gardening. It is a slow grower. This palm gets 3 to 4 feet in height with 3-foot featherlike leaves. Small flowers sit atop 4- to 5-foot branched inflorescences. This palm requires low light conditions, regular watering and well-drained soils, and can be propagated via seed.

Partridge Berry

Partridge berry is an evergreen perennial good for container gardening, indoor use and outside in shady areas. It is a vinelike plant that grows 2 inches tall with 3/4-inch leaves, fragrant, pinkish-white, funnel-shaped flowers and red berries. It requires partial shade and acidic soil, and can be propagated by rooting separated stems.

English Ivy

English Ivy, from the ginseng family, is an evergreen vine good for indoor use, container pots and in shady outdoor locations. It has leaves with three to five lobes, black poisonous berries and small, hard-to-see flowers. It needs rich moist soil and shade, and can be propagated via layering, grafting or cuttings. It has a long lifespan.

Brazilian Nightshade

Brazilian nightshade is a fast-growing vine whose red berries attract birds. It can get 20 feet long and blooms with blue, purple, pink or white star-shaped flowers in clusters. The plant requires well-drained soil, shade and moist conditions, and can be propagated via layering, spring seed sowing or tip cuttings.

Virginia Creeper

Virginia creeper is from the grape family. It's a fast-growing vine with nice fall foliage that attracts birds. Blue-black berries and 3- to 7-inch-long leaves adorn this vine. It is easy to grow and prefers shade and any soil type. It is drought tolerant and propagates via seeds or root cuttings.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.