We get a
lot of questions from gardeners who wonder what to plant in the shade.
We have plenty of suggestions…but much depends on what type of shade
you’re talking about. There’s deep shade, like under a covered patio or
dense tree. Then there is partial shade, where the plants may be in
sunlight a few hours, like early morning or late afternoon. You might
be blessed with dappled shade, created by airy tree branches that allow
in little spots of sunlight that moves as the sun moves across the sky.
Sometimes, just when you’ve figured out your type of shade, the season
changes and plants that were once basking in the shade are now frying
in the full sun!
What type of soil do you have in your shady spot? If
you’re lucky, it’s rich, damp soil, thanks to the foliage of the trees
above that decompose. A more challenging situation is dry shade with
large tree roots dominating the space. The good news is there are
plenty of great plants for all these conditions. So embrace your cool
shady spot, add a chaise or hammock, and breeze through the heat of