That area in the corner of the yard, that patch under the trees--there are many spots in the landscape that will be shady and unable to get direct sunlight that so many plants need. Shade gardening can add color and foliage texture to those bare areas where other plants fade and wither. For a shade garden that you can be proud of, pick plants designed for low-light conditions.
Bear’s breech, or Acanthus mollis, is part of the Acanthaceae, or acanthus, family. It is a perennial that grows well in garden containers. It will get to 5 feet tall with large shiny leaves up to 3 feet long. There are white, pink or purple flowers in late summer. Plant this in average to rich soil, full sun or partial shade, and well-drained, moist but not wet ground. Propagate via spring root cuttings or seed.
Confederate Jasmine, or Trachelospermum jasminoides, is part of the Apocynaceae, or dogbane, family. It is a perennial evergreen vine, drought resistant, and easy for a beginner gardener. It can get up to 40 feet long with 1-inch white flowers. It is a fragrant flower. Confederate jasmine requires well-drained soil, average water and sun to partial shade. Propagate this via cuttings dipped in rooting hormone in the spring season.
Windowleaf, or Monstera deliciosa, is part of the Araceae, or arum, family. It is a perennial evergreen vine. The vine can grow 70 feet in length with a green fruit that looks like a corn on the cob. This fruit tastes like banana and mango. Windowleaf needs half shade and no direct sun, regular watering, and will propagate via tip cuttings
Wishbone flower, or Torenia fournieri, is part of the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It is an annual plant that will attract hummingbirds. Plants get 12 inches tall with 2-inch leaves and 1.5-inch blue-purple, pink, white, or yellow flowers. The plant requires moist soil, partial to full shade, and is propagated via seed in the spring or by cuttings.