Plants That Love Shade

That area in the corner of the yard, that patch under the trees--there are many spots in the landscape that will be shady and unable to get direct sunlight that so many plants need. Shade gardening can add color and foliage texture to those bare areas where other plants fade and wither. For a shade garden that you can be proud of, pick plants designed for low-light conditions.

Bear's Breech

Bear's breech, or Acanthus mollis, is part of the Acanthaceae, or acanthus, family. It is a perennial that grows well in garden containers. It will get to 5 feet tall with large shiny leaves up to 3 feet long. There are white, pink or purple flowers in late summer. Plant this in average to rich soil, full sun or partial shade, and well-drained, moist but not wet ground. Propagate via spring root cuttings or seed.

Confederate Jasmine

Confederate Jasmine, or Trachelospermum jasminoides, is part of the Apocynaceae, or dogbane, family. It is a perennial evergreen vine, drought resistant, and easy for a beginner gardener. It can get up to 40 feet long with 1-inch white flowers. It is a fragrant flower. Confederate jasmine requires well-drained soil, average water and sun to partial shade. Propagate this via cuttings dipped in rooting hormone in the spring season.


Windowleaf, or Monstera deliciosa, is part of the Araceae, or arum, family. It is a perennial evergreen vine. The vine can grow 70 feet in length with a green fruit that looks like a corn on the cob. This fruit tastes like banana and mango. Windowleaf needs half shade and no direct sun, regular watering, and will propagate via tip cuttings

Wishbone Flower

Wishbone flower, or Torenia fournieri, is part of the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It is an annual plant that will attract hummingbirds. Plants get 12 inches tall with 2-inch leaves and 1.5-inch blue-purple, pink, white, or yellow flowers. The plant requires moist soil, partial to full shade, and is propagated via seed in the spring or by cuttings.

Keywords: shade plants, shade flowers, perennials

About this Author

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.