The Q&A Archives: Shade Plants

Question: I am looking for shade plants to plant in my flowerbed. I have used impatiens and love them but wanted something different. My house in light brick and I have green bushes but fill in with (previously) impatiens. What other shade plants do you recommend?

Thank you.

Answer: Impatiens are great for shady gardens, but there are lots and lots of other choices. Try begonia, wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri), peace lily (Spathiphyllum), amethyst flower (Browallia), Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), periwinkle (Vinca minor), mazus (Mazus reptans), 'Big Blue' liriope (Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'),
golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum), caladium, coleus, 'Mr. Goldstrike' Japanese aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Mr. Goldstrike'), Plum Passion' nandina (Nandina domestica 'Monum', variegated Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'), camellia (Camellia japonica), winter daphne (Daphne odora), tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans), lobelia, or hardy ferns.

Hope these suggestions help you develop a colorful shade garden!

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