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How to Choose the Right Plants for Shade for Your Garden Area



Many new gardeners believe that all plants need direct sunlight in order to thrive. This is not entirely true. There are a number of plants for shade that will thrive very well with little sunlight. In fact, many of these plants do much better when they are exposed to little or no direct sunlight at all. Plants for shade are excellent choices for areas around porches or decking or anywhere that you have just a little sunlight each day and want to add a splash of color to your landscaping.


Hosta plants are among the most commonly known plants for shade. They grow very well in areas that offer little sunlight and can be used by your porch or deck. Some hostas offer beautiful flowers during the summer months and foliage that lasts during the frost free growing season. Hostas are perennials which mean that you simply have to plant them once to enjoy their beauty year after year. The foliage of hostas will vary depending on the specific type that you plant. Leaves can be green, gold, blue or with various color splashes and stripes.


Choosing the shade plants for your outdoor garden is much easier when you visit Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. We offer a number of beautiful plants for shade that you can incorporate into your landscaping. Our selections include hostas as well as plants that prefer more sunlight. If you are looking to add variety to your garden, we offer exotic plants such as Jack in the Pulpit along with various others perennials. We provide a number of perennial flowers and plants that will help you to build a beautiful garden area.

Plant Delights Nursery offers a number of perennial plants for various types of shade as well as partial and full sun. Feel free to visit us during any of our Open House Days to see our selection of plants in person or browse our website to learn more about our shade plants and other perennials. We can help you to choose the perfect plants to build a colorful and exciting garden. For more information, contact us directly today.