Deep Shade Plants

Landscaping a beautiful garden takes time and a little creativity, especially if you want to incorporate a variety of different plant types. Planning your garden according to the amount of light it receives can make a variety of plants available, especially if you're looking for plants that grow in the deeply shaded parts of your yard. There are plenty of deep-shade plants, from flowers and herbs to trees and edibles, that will flourish and transform your yard into a botanical nirvana.


Barrenwort is a deciduous perennial that thrives in deeply shaded areas, especially if planted beneath rose bushes or within the vines of morning glory plants. It can grow in a variety of soils as long as it receives no direct sunlight, and humus-rich soil seems to improves the plant's luster. The foliage of the barrenwort begins as light green with a pinkish tint that forms into a deep, dark green. It produces small blooms that range in color from white to pale pink and yellow. Growing barrenwort from seed is an easy process that only requires direct sewing beneath other plants in moist soil. The seed germinates within a week if the growing conditions are ideal. Plant barrenwort during early spring.

Canadian Wild Ginger

Also known as Canadian snakeroot, Canadian wild ginger is a low-lying plant that thrives in shaded, moist areas. It's best if grown beneath bushes and trees with humus-rich soil and compost. It's identified by its wide, stout leaves that have a velvety touch and range in color from bright to deep green as it matures. It produces small, lavender purple flowers in midspring in moist, temperate climates. It thrives in the wild of the Pacific Northwest, but can be grown in well-shaded gardens all over the world.


The fuchsia plant is a bush with leaves of vibrant jungle green that reaches as tall as 13 feet. It thrives best in shaded forests throughout South America and can grow in most parts of the United States, if proper care is taken to keep it out of the sun. The flowers of the fuchsia plant sprout from shoots and bloom into deep red to fuchsia blossoms that resemble hanging trumpet flowers. Growing fuchsia in your home garden requires careful preparation of the soil to assure it retains moisture. Using peat moss, potting soil and compost in conjunction with the natural earth, in a deeply shaded area, will assure the health of a fuchsia plant.

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