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)
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
I have a lot of shade in back garden, also very big pine trees shedding lots of needles.....would fire lily like this kind of environment?
Mary Auld, 9 April 2017
Hi There, it depends on your climate really. Any southern American warm states or Mediterranean climates are the best options for the fire lily. The fire lily needs sun and partial share to grow. Hope this helps. Cheers, Monique
I live in Fitzgerald, Ga would it grow ok here?
Michelle, 8 April 2017
Hi There, yes you should be able to grow the fire lily in Georgia. Cheers, Monique
I have one that was my grandmothers, then my mothers, now mine. I can date it back over 40 years old. It likes to dry out completely before watering. It blooms twice a year in the pot. Absolutely beautiful
Betty, 1 April 2017
I've never seen a fire lily. They are beautiful!!
If you've ever been to Mississippi in the summer,
you know that it's very hot and humid. Will they grow in extreme heat and where could I buy
Sabrina , 22 March 2017
Hi There, thanks for your comment! I am not sure where you would be able to buy them in your state however if you have a look on google for a nursery near you they should be able to tell you where you can buy them :) Cheers, Monique
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