Great Drought Tolerant Plants That Produce Flowers For the Shade Garden

Great Drought Tolerant Plants That Produce Flowers For the Shade Garden

By Published August 27, 2015 Updated June 27, 2022

Everyone knows that some parts of the country receive more rainfall than others and it can vary from year to year. If you are searching for flowers for the shade garden and you have concerns about growing them in less than ideal conditions, let Plant Delights Nursery offer our help. We are a mail order nursery located in Raleigh, North Carolina and, if you are in the vicinity, please visit us during one of our Open Nursery and Garden events. Even if you cannot make it to one of our events, you can search our website or give us a call if you have gardening questions such as “what are drought tolerant plants"?

If you have a shaded area and you are looking to plant a grass, try Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass), Banana, Musa, Ensete, or Musella. This plant is deer resistant, grows to about 2 feet tall and wide and has wispy tan plumes. Perhaps you would like to plant a dwarf palm. We offer Sabal minors that reach 18” at maturity, thrive in light shade and are drought tolerant plants as well.

Are you looking for flowers for the shade garden that are ground covers? Vinca (Periwinkle) is an evergreen drought tolerant plant that will spread by root “runners” if planted in good soil. Variegated Vinca really lights up the shade garden with its yellow leaves and blue flowers.

Another drought tolerant plant is Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal). This tough, deer resistant perennial has bold foliage and rows of delicate, bell-shaped flowers which dangle beneath the stems. Acanthus (Bear's Breech) is noted for its foliage but also has impressive purple and white flowers.

Campanula (Bellflower) creates late spring and summer flowers for the shade garden. They have bell-shaped flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Cyclamen hederifolium emerge in the fall and are noted for their heart-shaped foliage. They bloom in January or February (NC) and then go summer dormant. Whatever your need for drought tolerant plants and flowers for the shade garden. let the folks at Plant Delights Nursery assist you!

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