Top 10 All-time Shade Garden Ideas

Is your yard starved for sun? Turn your backyard into a thriving oasis with these tried-and-true shade garden ideas.

It seems like every gardener has that one eyesore. You know the spot I’m talking about: the pitiful patch that seems to be cursed with full to partial shade. Every year you plant something there, hoping that it will at least survive the summer, but it never does. We’ve heard these stories from readers for years, and we know shady spots can be a big challenge. That’s why we came up with a list of our all-time favorite perennials that will not just survive but thrive in shade. It’s complete with everything you’ll need—gorgeous blooms, foliage, even a ground cover!

Want more share garden ideas? Our list is made up of perennials, but give these annuals a try, too: Fuchsia, Begonia, Caladium, Torenia, Monkeyflower, Coleus, Begonia


Aquilegia, Zones 3 to 9

Carefree and consistent, columbine is a longtime favorite that stands up beautifully to shade. If you’ve ever thought about growing it, make this the year!

Why we love it: One of the easiest wildflowers to cultivate, it shines in both manicured gardens and wilder surroundings.

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