Do you not have a lot of sunshine in your life? There's no need to be jealous over your neighbors' sunny yards, there are plenty of intriguing shade loving plants for your garden! A good shade perennial will add interest and has the bonus of coming back year after year.
Before you start searching for shade garden plants, you have to ask yourself, "What kind of shade do I have?" Considering the growing conditions you can provide will help with the selection of plants for shade. While some shade garden plants can thrive in dense shade, others prefer filtered sunlight throughout the day, and other plants for shade will enjoy a few hours of direct morning sun.
If your planting area has a lack of moisture due to a thick tree canopy or structural overhang, then dry shade plants may be the answer. Some members of the ruscus genus are successful dry shade plants, as well as Aspidistra. A woodland garden with moist, rich soil, can be the happy host to a shade perennial such as Rabdosia, or a mass planting of Carex (grass-like shade loving plants).
Armed with a little knowledge, you can locate the most suitable shade loving plants for your area. You'll be able to stay cooler when working with your plants for shade, and your sunny garden neighbors will be the envious ones.