Shade plants are typically used for those areas of the landscape that do not get much direct sunlight, spots like under a tree or in foundation gardening. Shrubs for shade will provide foliage and blooms that can thrive in those indirect light situations. Shade plants come in many varieties; check the cultivar tag for the best ones for your area.
Aucuba japonica is known by many names such as the Japanese aucuba, the gold-dust tree or Japanese laurel. It is from the dogwood family of plants and is evergreen, drought tolerant and a shrub. It gets 8 to 10 feet high and can be multi-trunked. Leaves are leathery and 8 inches long. There are bright red berries and small purple blooms. Plant this one in light to full shade with regular watering. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10.
Ternstroemia gymnanthera is known by the common name cleyera and is from the tea family of plants. It is an evergreen shrub that gets 8 to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Leaves are red than age to dark green with white flowers and berries that are green and age to red. Plant this one in shade or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10.
Tetrapanax papyiferus is known by the common name rice-paper plant and is from the ginseng family of plants. It is an easy-to-grow shrub with 10- to 15-inch wide leaves. Flowers are white and in 3-foot-long panicles that bloom in fall. The plant gets 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Plant this one in light shade with regular watering. Propagate via cuttings or seed in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 11.
Loropetalum chinense is known by the common name loropetalum and is from the witch-hazel family of plants. It is an easy-to-grow, fragrant evergreen that gets 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Leaves are 1 to 2 inches long with varying colors depending on cultivar. Plant this one in rich, acidic, well-drained soil in partial shade. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10.