Top 10 Shade Plants – Garden Plants

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Hakonechloa Macra

Hakonechloa macra Ornamental grass of great impact, rustic and vigorous, native to Japan. It produces smooth, curved leaves, which are particularly noticeable in the white or yellow mottled cultivars; some, at the end of the season, take on reddish hues. Beautiful in the first row of the borders in purity or alternated with other leaf essences.

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felciWe particularly recommend Dryopteris and Adiantum. The former are perfect in damp or dry shade, but well drained and with acidic pH soil, the others (the most famous is the Maidenhair) grow in the presence of high atmospheric humidity and tolerate the presence of calcium. In the right conditions they are vigorous (sometimes invasive); the green foliage gives great lightness and liveliness to the shady garden.

Ajuga Reptans

AJUGA  REPTANS Wonderful, vigorous and very resistant wallpaper. In a short time it will cover large areas hindering the growth of invasive and illuminating them with the multiple colors of their leaves. The cultivars on the market offer leaves in infinite shades: bronze, silvery, grape marc, pink, cream. In addition, at the end of spring, there is the beautiful flowering in shades of blue, purple, or white.


ASTILBEA fascinating rhizomatous perennial in many ways. First of all, its leaves, very elegant, big and subdivided in 3-5 toothed lobes, create movement in the mixed and herbaceous borders. At the beginning of summer, they are showy products, similar to feathers, from the white to the pink to the intense red (often, also the stems are showy), pleasant also when dry. It wants a cool and humid environment.

Tricyrtis Hirta

TRICYRTIS  HIRTA A little big luxury for our garden: a rustic perennial that, in the middle of autumn, produces flowers similar to those of orchids! It grows vigorously when placed in wooded areas or in the second or third row of shady borders, especially with peaty soil. The particular appearance of the flowers, often spotted in the bright pink, will certainly be an important point of attraction.


ellobori Nothing is better than a flowery hellebore to say goodbye to winter! This herb is widespread in our forests even in the wild. They are really indispensable and precious thanks to the large and beautiful persistent leaves, the lasting flowering and the ability to self-disseminate. The Niger species has a white flower and is very early, later are the hybrids colored (pink, red, yellow).

Autumn anemones

ANEMONI  AUTUNNALI Essential herbaceous plants in every garden, even more so if in the shade. The leaves, deeply incised, create big cushions already from spring, but between summer and autumn, they light up with elegant and light corollas, similar to butterflies, in the colours from white to bright pink. They adapt to different soils, but always slightly humid and well drained. Many of them widen easily, becoming invasive.

Heuchera and Heucherella

Evergreen rhizomatous (especially in mild climates) with spectacular lobed foliage. Thanks to the efforts of the hybridizers we have a rainbow of colors: silver, pink, red, dark green or acid, orange, black, purple … sometimes even contrasting. Several times a year they produce flower stems with small bells, in pink, red or white. Plant resistant and adaptable.


hosta Indispensable in any shady garden. The leaves are amazing: glaucous, dark green, acid green, with large or small margins, streaked, with spots or even completely white. Nothing illuminates the darkness like a hosta! If our space is small, let’s choose medium-sized ones, but let’s not forget the giants to create points of attraction! Beautiful also the flowering, lilac or white.

Top 10 Shade Plants: Hydrangea

The queen of the shadow: vigorous and with an opulent flowering. It prefers acidic soils, but grows well with some care even in neutral ones. Its flowers change colour (pink or blue) depending on the pH of the soil. The most common are the macrophylla, but the serrata, paniculata, arborescens and quercifolia (with leaves with magnificent warm autumn shades) should be inserted more.

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