Vegetables that Grow in Partial Sun or Shade

Having a shaded garden space doesn't mean you can't have fresh vegetables to enjoy all year-round. In fact, many delicious vegetables prefer partial shade to flourish. Vegetables like peas, lettuces and greens love being tucked into a shady corner of a perennial garden or nestled within a shaded garden container. So remember, don't forget about the shady spots in the garden that can be a wellspring of harvest for you to enjoy.

Salad Greens

Leafy vegetables like salad greens prefer partial shade rather than a full day of high sun. These greens include leaf lettuces and arugula. Both prefer a dappling of sun to produce more for the garden. Planting these greens in partial sun reduce the amount of water needed for these delicious greens. Endive and cress also grow well in partial shade and can be nestled in tight areas of the garden that are typically unusual spaces. Lettuces also look lovely crammed into a window box for an accent to the home.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens begin their emergence in the cool fall months and love growing in shaded areas of the garden. Collards and mustard greens, a delicious leafy green, also do well tucked into the partial sun areas. Spinach and kale, another healthy and vibrant green leafy green, prefer the confines of a shady retreat. Add a colorful rainbow swiss chard to the leafy green garden for a healthy and tasty addition to your meals.


Sweet vegetables like peas and beets prefer partial sun to create their sweet taste and deep color. Larger vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli love a smattering of sun but not all day long. The relatives of broccoli including turnips, kale and cabbage grow well in partial shade and are delicious cool weather vegetables to use beginning in the fall. Root vegetables like parsnips and radishes also love partial shaded garden areas.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.