Adding a flowerbed to enliven the
landscape doesn’t always end up in a spot with perfect conditions, but that’s
okay. There are lots of ways to work around sunlight situations that aren’t
exactly the best. If part of your new flowerbed location is in the shade, there
are many options to add blooming color there. I’ll share some of my tips, along
with great shade lovers to try.
Planning a Flowerbed in Shade
It’s important to determine how
much sun your planting spot gets and how that will change once trees leaf out
and the angles of the sun change with the seasons. Six hours of sun is
considered full for planting requirements and less is considered partial shade. So, if
your area changes from two hours of sun to three or vice-versa, flowers for
part shade will still be fine.
Layer flowers according to their
height, if desired, or plant them in clumps and clusters. The flowerbed planted
in straight rows can look boring but may have a place in your landscape.
You’ll want something blooming at
all times of the year when possible, so plan for it. There are lots of
perennial flowers that tolerate shade and bloom when temperatures first warm in
spring. Research the many varieties that bloom this time of year. Check by your
zone and search for shade blooming plants for the particular season. Research
each specimen before planting.
Shade Blooming Plants You’ll Love
Ready to get started? Here are my
top 10 picks for seasonal flowers that tolerate shade:
Hellebore – Hellebore is an evergreen perennial with nodding pink blooms that become an attractive green. Great plants that tolerate partial shade conditions and bloom in early spring.
Anemone – The Grecian windflower, Anemone blanda, will tolerate some shade, though flowers best with more light and moist soil.
Wildflowers – Adding a partial shade wildflower mix is great for filling in shady spots between other flowers.
Bleeding heart – With white or pink and white hanging, heart-shaped flowers, bleeding heart plants (Dicentra) are a short-lived perennial and will take some shade well.
Brunnera – Another plant that needs shade and offers bright blue blooms, brunnera does best when planted in rich, moist soil.
Columbine – Great trumpet-shaped blooms that are favorite of hummingbirds, columbine will reseed when flowers are left on the plant.
Toad lily – Typically a fall-blooming shade plant, toad lily has speckled blooms and needs deep shade for optimum flowering. Plant a substantial clump of these in spring for early autumn beauty.
Autumn crocus – While the plant leafs out in spring, autumn crocus produces blooms in fall and tolerates shady conditions.
Japanese anemone – Star-shaped flowers make the Japanese anemone a showstopper in the garden.
Astilbe – Astilbe is a favorite in the garden and blooms in white, red or pink. This beauty prefers moist partial shade.
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