Low Maintenance Shade Garden Plants

I love a beautiful shade garden filled with low maintenance shade garden plants. Here are a few of my favorite annual and perennials for a shade garden.

Low Maintenance Shade Garden Perennials

Low Maintenace Shade Garden Perennial Plants

Several years ago is when I began to discover my love of using low maintenance shade garden flowers. The front of our home has a very large Walnut tree that shades the majority of our porch. I didn’t have a lot of experience with shade plants but I soon learned what would work in our area, zone 6.

If you are a beginning gardener, you will need to first learn what zone you live in. Once you figure that out, you will learn what low maintenance shade plants are best for your area.

My current shade garden was started last year with several Hostas and an Oak Hydrangea. However, this year I have added a lot more low maintenance shade garden perennials since we recently landscaped around our chicken coop.

Perennial Plants and Flowers for Shade Garden

There is a wide variety of perennial flowers that can be grown in the shade. However, these are the ones that I am most familiar with and the ones I have the best results in growing. These are the low maintenace perennials that I continue to divide or to buy to add to my shade gardens.

Hosta: There is a wide variety of Hostas that you can purchase. They come in various shades and most of them will have a flower that blooms in white or purple. Hostas are probably the easiest shade perennial to grow and I find them the easiest to divide.

Ferns: There is also a wide variety of Ferns but I personally love using the variety that is an annual. Here in Missouri, zone 6, I have to move my Ferns inside once the weather starts to get cool. There are several perennial varieties of Ferns, including Japanese Ferns, Lady Ferns and the Ostrich Fern.

Astible: Astible brighten any area of the shade garden with either red, pink or white plume-like flowers held high above attractive, deep green foliage. Astilbes look their best in groups of three or more plants of the same color. The look beautiful planted among other shade lovers such as hostas and ferns.

Bleeding Hearts: One of the very first flowers to bloom in the early Spring, Bleeding Hearts have a lovely heart-shaped pink or white flower that grows on an arching stem.

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Annual Plants Flowers for Shade Garden

Amongst the many shades of green in my shade gardens, I find that adding annuals brightens up the shady spots. I often choose annuals with white blooming flowers as I enjoy keeping a consistent theme to my garden areas. Listed below are a few of my favorites that I continue to use each year.

Easy to Grow Low Maintenance Shade Plants that are Annuals for the Garden

Impatiens: These are my go-to shade annual flower. For low-maintenance beauty in shady spots, it’s tough to beat this long-blooming favorite. Impatiens do not need to be deadheaded and they bloom all season long. I plant Impatiens close together in galvanized washtubs. The closer they are planted together, the faster the plants will grow to fill in the washtub creating a beautiful white mass of flowers.

Lobelia: This annual is a nonstop bloomer all season long with a long trailing habit that looks beautiful in containers. Lobelia produces masses of charming white flowers, or they can also come in a variety of other colors such as blue and pink.

Begonias: Another great option for an all-season blooming flower, the Begonias are to easy to grow annuals. They have a glossy look to their leaves that gives them a beautiful look against the white blooms.

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What Annual Plants are Good for a Shade Garden?

While I don’t have a lot of experience growing a wide variety of shade annuals, there are many options to consider.

  • Caladiums
  • Coleus
  • Wishbone Flower
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Fuchsia
Best Shade Annual Plants that are Low Maintenance

Shade Garden Decor Ideas

Adding flowers, whether perennials or annuals, to the shade gardens, is enjoyable. However, I love to add a bit of whimsy to my gardens. Galvanized washtubs, old broken garden tools, rocks gathered from our property, and other up-cycled pieces all add character to the garden. So, while you are adding flowers to your shade gardens, don’t forget to add a few eye-catching pieces as well.

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Do you have a shady area in your yard that needs some work? I hope that this list of low maintenance shade garden plants gives you some ideas and tips for your shade garden.

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4 thoughts on “Low Maintenance Shade Garden Plants”

  1. I just love this! I have been wanting to do an all white bloomers garden for such a long time and everything you showed is what I am looking for! I have lots of shade trees in my front yard, so these are definitely selections I will be trying. It was so nice to see how your plants look filled in – sometimes it is hard to tell at the garden store how they will look in a few years. Any other suggestions on shade shrubs?


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