8 Shade-Loving Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine

Hydrangeas thrive in spring and summer and have gorgeous autumn foliage, but not in severe shadow. Just some early light will do. Plant perennials apart from trees that compete for soil resources.


Only certain species can survive a north-facing wall's sunless and chilly environment. Flowering quince, chaenomeles, thrive in shadow. These tough blossoms thrive and produce fragrant golden-yellow fruit.


Lady ferns are the closest plants to being able to grow in complete darkness. This sturdy shade plant's lively fronds start bright green and deepen as it ages.

Lady Ferns

Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) blooms pink or white heart-shaped flowers in several hardiness zones from spring to early summer. This exotic-looking perennial shade plant pops out in low-light garden

Bleeding Hearts

Sun-free dogwood variants may withstand partial- to full-shade. Cornus florida, with its reddish-purple autumn colour and white spring blossoms, is a stunning tree.


Begonias offer colour to shaded patio container gardens. Each bloom has several colours, and its tubers may be reused the next year if kept in a dry place throughout winter.


Aristolochia macrophylla, or Dutchman's Pipe, is a fast-growing shade plant that may reach 30 feet tall (with the appropriate direction) and is one of many gorgeous shade climbers.

Dutchman s Pipe

One of the most common flowers in the U.S., impatiens are shade-tolerant. There are almost 1,000 species. Try Impatiens balsamina or rosulata, exotic varieties.