Evergreens That Grow in Shade

Evergreen plants are those that do not lose their leaves when renewing their growth cycle. Shade tolerant plants are those that can live in shady spots and do not need direct sunlight. Evergreens that grow in the shade are versatile plants that are good for year round foliage in shady spots such as under a tree, canopy, or a patio deck out of the sunlight. Choices for evergreen shade plants can include palms, ferns and sedge.

Blue Palm

The blue palm, Sabal minor, is from the palm family and an evergreen. Leaves vary between 1 and 5 feet long. Fruits are black. It is a smaller palm that can be called the dwarf palmetto. Grow blue palm in partial sun or light shade with moist soil. Propagate via seed.

Lenten Rose

The Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis, is from the buttercup family. It is an evergreen perennial that has dark green leaves to 18 inches in length. The clump forming plant reaches 16 to 20 inches tall. Flowers are single roses 2 to 3 inches wide. Color depends on the cultivar. Grow Lenten rose in rich woodsy soil in heavy to light shade. Propagate via seed or summer/fall division.

Leopard Plant

The leopard plant, Farfugium japonicum, is from the aster/daisy family. It is an evergreen perennial with shiny leaves 4 to 10 inches wide. It is a clump forming plant that gets 2 feet tall. Flowers are daisy like and 1 to 2 inches wide. Color of blooms is yellow. Grow leopard plant in partial shade in moist well drained soil. Propagate via clump division in the spring.

Palm Sedge

The palm sedge, Carex phyllocephala, is from the sedge family. It is an evergreen perennial that is grass-like with 1 to 2 feet long stems. Grow palm sedge in partial to almost full shade. Soils should be moist but will tolerate dry soils. Propagate via seed or by division and may self-sow.

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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.