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.
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)
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
I live in MD. Can I grow Fire Lily's there?
linda, 20 March 2017
Hi there , if I'm not mistaken I believe Michigan is too cold for Fire Lily's to grow. Cheers, Monique
Where can I buy?
Live in San Luis Obispo, California can I buy locally? Central Coast is midway between Los Angeles & San Francisco.
Bernita , 20 March 2017
Hi Bernita, Hi There, thanks for your comment, your best bet would be to speak or call your local nursery and ask them, they should be able to help you! Cheers, Monique
Do you know of anything comparable that grows in zone 5 USA. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org so I do not miss your message. Thank you. You have so many things I want but don't work in the area I live. So Sad. When you find something you like and can' have it. Darn
Kate, 13 March 2017
I think this might help! Cheers, Monique
I live in Texas will The fire Lily grow in this zone?
Trudy Herrera, 13 March 2017
Hi there yes, the fire lily grows in all southern states! Cheers, Monique
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