Shady spots in the garden can be the most difficult places to grow plants, however there are plenty of great shade lovers. We have collected some of our favourite examples.
7 September 2015
Nearly every garden has a shady spot or two, I’m not talking about the local critters doing dodgy deals in the corner of the flower bed. I’m talking about the darker parts of the garden that get little or no sun. They can be one of the most challenging parts of the garden to grow plants in. Whether it's from the house, a shed, a fence or a large tree the deeper that shade becomes, the more gardeners struggle.
However, as plants are the ultimate niche-fillers in nature, there are plants for every level of shade around the garden. Many of the best shade-tolerant plants can be identified by their lustrous, deep green foliage although not all follow that rule. Here are some fantastic choices for those shady spots:
There's a whole range of beautiful plants to choose from for shady locations that are going to give you contrasting textures, foliage colours, and the flowers are really a bonus. To help you with watering these shade lovers we suggest our handy 30m Retractable hose reel.
N.B. This article has been written for Australian gardens. If you're reading this from around the world, we do hope you've found it a useful stepping stone for your own further research.
*Edit: We have had lots of questions regarding the Fire Lilys suitability in US zones, according to a popular gardening website it is suitable for some zones:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Where can I buy the fire ones
Debbe, 10 July 2017
If I could fine the Fire Lilly I would plant it even if it just lasted for the spring and summer. Will do some scouting for it. I live in Cincinnati. Oh.
Del Langenbrunner , 21 May 2017
clivia - fire lilly
from what i understand, they will tolerate summers almost anywhere but here in southwest washington, take them in for the winter
gail, 17 May 2017
hi. i live in md. andi want to know if it would be good for here thanks debbie
debbie, 14 May 2017
Hi, I live in the Midwest and I am wondering could I plant these? I hope I can cause these fire Lilly are so beautiful.
Kimmi, 11 April 2017
Hi There, you should be able to grow Fire Lilies if you live in any of the southern states, I think your climate would be too cold. Cheers, Monique
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