Full Shade Flowers and other Shade Garden Plants for the Woodland Garden

Full Shade Flowers and other Shade Garden Plants for the Woodland Garden

By Published May 08, 2015 Updated June 08, 2022

If you want to have a beautiful garden but lack a lot of sunlight, don't be afraid to venture into planting full shade flowers. You'll keep cool working in the shade while the rest of your neighbors keep wiping the sweat from their brow! If part of your yard is dominated by large trees, creating a woodland garden may be a low maintenance landscaping solution.

There are quite a few shade garden plants that we offer for sale at Plant Delights Nursery. First determine what kind of shade you have. Full shade is the same as deep shade—no direct sun and no bright light. Some full shade flowers are Arisaema (Jack in the Pulpit), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) and Brunnera (Bugloss). Arisaemas are exotic flowering shade garden plants which are also members of the aroid family. Dicentra are spring blooming perennials with delicate flowers in pink, red yellow or white. They go dormant come summer. Dicentra attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds and are deer resistant. Brunnera, with its heart-shaped leaves, blooms in early spring with tiny blue flowers. It is a must have as far as shade garden plants are concerned.

There are full shade flowers also worth mentioning. Heuchera (Coral Bells) come in many different foliage colors with contrasting leaf veins in silver or in a darker color than the main leaf. Asarum (Wild Ginger) are grown for their heart-shaped leaves, but if you get down on your hands and knees and poke around under the leaves you will find flowers! Pachysandra (Allegheny Spurge), a member of the boxwood family, is perfect for planting under shallow-rooted trees.

 Last but not least, you can't have a shade garden without Hostas. You can plant them in a group or along a path. With most growing at least a foot tall and at least as wide, they are perfect along a pathway. They form a lovely ground cover that beats weeding any day. You can get your full shade flowers today at Plant Delights Nursery!

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