Evergreens That Like Shade

Shady spots can be those canopied areas of the landscape, under trees, or beside tall buildings and fences. Planting evergreens in those areas can give you foliage and blooms with leaves that do not drop after the growing season. Evergreens that like shade can make great choices for those areas that other plants can have trouble thriving in.

Cut-Leaf Philodendron

Philodendron bipinnatifidum, commonly known as the cut-leaf philodendron or tree philodendron, is from the Araceae family. It is a fast-growing evergreen perennial that has 3-foot-long leaves that are glossy. Flowers have no petals. It can get to 15 feet high and just as wide. Plant a cut-leaf philodendron in moist fertile soil that is well drained and in partial shade. Propagate via cuttings in USDA plant hardiness zones of 9 through 11.


Monstera deliciosa, commonly known as the windowleaf or Swiss cheese plant, is from the Araceae family. It is an evergreen perennial vine. Vines can be 70 feet long with heart-shaped leaves. Tiny flowers are white and like the jack-in-the-pulpit plant. Plant a windowleaf in half shade. Propagate via cuttings in USDA zones of 10 through 11.


Mitchella repens, commonly known as the partridgeberry or twinflower, is from the Rubiaceae family. It is a fragrant evergreen perennial. This makes a good ground cover under trees with white-veined dark-green leaves. It gets 2 inches tall with 12-inch or longer stems. Flowers are pink-white, fragrant and funnel-like. Plant a partridgeberry in partial shade in acidic soils. Propagate via seed or stem roots in USDA zones of 4 through 9.

Slender Lady Palm

Rhapis humilis, commonly known as slender lady palm or dwarf lady palm, is from the Arecacea/Palmae family. Stems get 6 to 8 feet long. Medium green leaves are 2 to 3 feet wide. Plant a slender lady palm in well-drained soil in shade to partial shade. Propagate via seed or division in USDA zones of 9 through 11.


Digitalis purpurea, commonly known as foxglove or finger flower, is from the Scrophulariaceae family. Stalks can get 3 to 5 feet tall with tubular flowers that get 2 inches long. Colors of blooms are white, cream, yellow, pink, lavender or purple. Leaves are 5 to 10 inches long and whitish or dark green. Plant a foxglove in partial shade in moist acidic soil. Propagate via seed in USDA zones of 3 through 9.

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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.