What Plants Grow Best in the Shade?


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Shade gardens are often good locations to plant annuals such as begonias, coleus and impatiens, all of which love shade, reports Lowe's. Additionally, there are a wide variety of plants and shrubs, most of which are known more for their foliage than their flowers, are capable of thriving in the shade.

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What Plants Grow Best in the Shade?
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One possibility for utilizing areas lacking direct sunlight is to plant a shade garden filled with plants that don't require direct sunlight, according to Lowe's.

Shade-tolerant perennials include lungwort, according to Gardener's Supply Company. This plant's foliage appears silver, and its blossoms, which appear in spring even in the shade, range from pink to blue. Primrose is another shade-loving perennial. With 425 species, there are many colors of primrose from which to choose. These plants are also available in a wide variety of sizes from 3 inches to more than 4 feet tall.

Better Homes & Gardens recommends the bigroot geranium for shady spots. This plant thrives in shade and tolerates heat and drought well. Typical garden predators such as rabbits and deer aren't fond of it, generally skipping it in favor of other plants. The bigroot geranium blooms with white or pink flowers in the springtime. It grows to be about 2 feet tall.

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