Living in USDA hardiness zone of 7 incorporates a wide area of the country. This warm season moderate temperature zone is great for growing different plant types in different applications. For those shady areas under trees or on covered patios, plants are needed that will thrive without direct sunlight. For the gardener who will like to give that vivid green color all year long in those conditions, the zone 7 shade evergreens will do well.
Cyrtomium falcatum, the holly fern, is from the polypody fern family of plants and is an evergreen, easy-to-grow perennial. It gets 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide with dark green fronds. Spores are light green. Grow in moist acidic soil in partial to full shade. Propagate via division in USDA hardiness zones of 6 to 11.
Serissa foetida, the serissa, is from the madder family of plants and is an evergreen shrub. It gets 2 to 4 feet high with fine leaves ¾ of an inch long. White flowers are spring to fall and tubular. Grow in partial shade in moisture-retentive soils. Propagate via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 7 to 11.
Primula vulgaris, the primrose, is from the primrose family of plants and is an evergreen perennial typically grown like an annual. The plant gets 6 inches tall with 1 inch wide tubular flowers on clustered stalks. Flowers are typically yellow but other colors can be found in different cultivars. Leaves are 10 inches long. Grow in partial shade in moisture-retentive soil. Propagate via cuttings, seed or division in USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 8.
Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten rose, is from the buttercup family of plants and is an evergreen perennial. It gets 16 to 20 inches tall with 18 inch long dark green leaves and 2 to 3 inch wide flowers. Flowers are various colors depending on cultivar, usually white, pink or rose. Grow in loose rich soil in heavy to light shade. Propagate via seed or division in USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 9.
Japanese Tassel Fern
Polystichum polybepharum, the Japanese tassel fern, is from the wood fern family of plants and is an evergreen perennial. Fronds are two-toned green with dark green on one side and pale green on the other. Typically it gets 2 to 3 inches tall. Grow in light to full shade with moist soil. Propagate via division in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 9.
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