For years even after removing many trees and shrubs there was a good deal of shade in the back yard and for quite awhile I've been coping with trying to plan a few garden areas in DENSE shade...and lost many plants in the process.
So after removing more trees and pruning some of my neighbors' trees that were taking over our yard, I came to discover some shade plants could finally live here !
Also learned one crucial element needed to have happy plants and that's COMPOST.
Lots and lots of Compost, in fall and spring !!
There's ALL types of shade !
It's never very clear when you purchase plants.
Example: "Sun /Part Shade" really means FULL SUN. Don't try and plant in any shade.
I've learn through trial and error...years of failures. :(
And don't be surprised if some plants for shade do much better in sun.
Through my own experience I came up with these definitions.
If full sun is at least 8 hours between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm then...
Light Shade = 5 to 7 hours of direct sunlight. (On our property I consider 6 plus hours Full Sun).
Partial Shade = 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight.
Full Shade = no direct exposure to the sun (2 to 6 hours of reflected or indirect sun light).
Dense Shade = no direct sun all day ( very little if any reflected or indirect sun light, dappled).
These plants were picked because of beauty and some just because of hardiness.... and some just for their ability to thrive in true full and dense shade.
Noted are their shade conditions that are working well.
1-Hosta-light to full shade
2-Bleeding Heart-partial to full shade
3-Impatiens walleriana-light to partial shade
4-Pachysandra (Japanese Spurge)-light to full shade
5-Variegated Vinca major-light to dense shade(don't plant with flowers)
6-Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta)-full shade
7-Lily Turf (Liriope Muscari)-light to full shade
8-Jack Frost (Brunnera macrophylla)-partial shade to full shade
9-Coral Bells (Heuchera)-partial to full shade
10-Yews-light to full shade(this little one is under a 12 foot yew)
11-Barrenwort (Epimedium)-full to dense shade
12-Bugbane (Cimicifuga ramosa)-full to dense shade
13-Columbine-partial to full shade
14-Foamflower (Tiarella snowflake)-partial to full shade
15-Deadnettle (Lamium)-light to full shade
16-Wax Begonias-sun to full shade
17-Coleus-light to partial Shade
18-Ferns-partial to full shade
19-PJM Rhododendron-partial to full shade
20-Euonymous-light to full shade
21-Sedum spectabile-light to full shade
Are there additional plants or maybe better ones that I've haven't picked ?
Most definitely !
Please feel free to share your favorites.
I'd LOVE to discover some new ones !