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15 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine

Hardy, shade-loving flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little sun.


Shrubs for Shady Spots

Landscaping a shady backyard is easy when you choose from a select group of shrubs that excel in low-light situations. Some will even produce colorful and fragrant flowers. Here's a list of some of our favorite shady characters.


Starry Eyes Forget-Me-Nots (Omphalodes) the plain blue is beautiful. They bloom for ever starting in spring and do well with ferns, I use deer ferns.


Liriope muscari - An extremely useful plant, which will tolerate a range of conditions including dry shade and drought. Dark green, blade-like leaves provide year-round interest and in autumn, just as other flowers are beginning to fade, vibrant, long-lasting wands of deep violet flowers rise above the foliage. Lily-turf is perfect for edging small, shady spaces - the broad grass-like foliage contrasts beautifully with large leaved plants, or for planting in groups beneath deciduous shrubs.