The Q&A Archives: Shade plants

Question: I love your site. Very Helpful!! I am little confused though. I am looking for shade plants in your shade plant category. I have noticed that with more than one plant that I have selected from this category if I choose to see the

Answer: Glad you find the site informative, but sorry if there is any confusion. There are so many microclimates within the growing zones that you can sometimes fudge a little and place plants in less than ideal growing conditions and still have them thrive. It all depends on the plant and the site. In general, Sago Palms need sun to grow well. In coastal areas, it is best to plant them in full sun. In more interior locations or desert localities, they still prefer some sun or at least part day sun. Growing the Sago Palm in the shade typically gives one lanky, stretched-out leaves that are weak. If in too much shade, this species can actually just stall and do nothing (such as refusing to throw any new leaves).

The other plants you're finding in the database are probably very adaptable and will grow in either sun or shade. Hope this helps you choose just the right plants for your shady garden.

Here are a few suggestions:Dragon Wing Pink Begonia; Spectrum Ann Begonia; Francis Williams Hosta; Variegata Hosta; Wide Brim Hosta; Whirlwind Hosta; Japanese Painted Fern; Barren Strawberry; Chameleon Plant; Plum Pudding Coral Bells; Pig Squeak Bergenia; Raspberry Splash Lungwort; Mrs. Moon Lungwort; Bressingham Ruby Bergenia; Jack Frost Brunnera; Fannie Munson Caladium; Stoplight Foamy Bells; Neon Lights Foam Flower Tiarella; Gold 'n Pearls Bacopa; Boston Cherries and Chocolate Begonia Chicago Fire Begonia Denver Lace Begonia Maui Mist Begonia; ShadowDancer Fuchsia; Blushing Lilac Infinity Impatien; Cherry Red Infinity Impatien; American Maidenhair Fern; Sensitive Fern; Walking Fern; Christmas Fern; Golden Moneywort; Beacon Silver Lamium; Pink Pewter Lamium; White Nancy Lamium; Big Blue Liriope; Illmuniation Periwinkle; Green Carpet Japanese Spurge; Silveredge Japanese Spurge; Bigleaf Periwinkle; Dwarf Mondo Grass; Key Largo Astilbe; Aaron Caladium; Hollywood Coral Bells; Wild Ginger; Jacobs Ladder; Emerald n Gold Burning Bush; Late Panicle Hydrangea; Sweet Woodruff; Nikko Blue Hydrangea; Elephant Ear and Jacobean Lily.

Best wishes with your garden!

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