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!