The Five Essential Shade-Loving Perennials

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The Five Essential Shade-Loving Perennials

The modern southern garden should include a variety of leafy specimens. When warm weather flowers that thrive in sunny locations are chosen to create lovely arrangements for parties, look no further than shade-loving musts to provide a supporting role so their beauty may shine. A little greenery may be tucked between the blooms to balance the color & texture of the designs. From soft grey-greens to variegated leaves, these garden staples thrive in locations that receive partial to little light. Assess your borders by watching how the sun moves across your yard throughout the day. Although a rule of thumb is that the north side of your home could be the best locations for many of these classic favorites, trees or structures from neighboring locations & branches from your own space in the east to west zones may provide just the right amount of dappled light necessary in order for plants to perform exceptionally well in. Learn some of the most iconic shade plants you should highlight in your outdoor space.

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Savvy southerners know to have distinctive, indigenous garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. These arrangements are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Shade-loving perennials are always a good choice to showcase for parties as often times the leafy nature adds interest to bold blooms.

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If you don’t have these garden staples growing in your green space, select & plant several now from a local nursery to use in a number of lovely ways.

No. 1


Plantain Lilies are shade loving perennials that should be in every Southern garden as once they emerge in the spring, their bright foliage can be used in floral arrangements well into the fall months. These low, clumping plants produce leafstalks ranging in colors from green, blue-green, chartreuse & blended or variegated specimens with white or yellow streaks throughout. Although mainly prized for their bold leaves, hostas do produce small blooms in the summer months that shoot up tall over the low foliage. When planting them in the garden, pair with feathery fern fronds & impatiens. Variegated Hostas are one of the most popular perennials that thrive with a fair amount of morning sunlight to afternoon shade & perform best in fertile, moist soil. Variegation may be classified as ‘Marginate’ referring to patterns on the margin of the leaves or ‘Medio Variegation’ that may be located on the leaf centers. Some of the most striking plants include ‘Baby Booties’, ‘Guardian Angel’ & ‘Cathedral Windows’.  

No. 2


There are many different types of fern that should be used in outdoor spaces. When entertaining is in order, the feathery fronds offer an airiness in lovely flower arrangements. Ferns are typically perennials, however there are some evergreen varieties worth highlighting. These  garden musts pair beautifully with hydrangea & even many lilies. 

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Lambs Ears

Lamb’s Ears may appear to be a relatively understated garden specimen, however many gardeners prize them for their rich, soft color & lovely texture in spaces. They are reliable perennials & easy to divide. As long as some of the roots are attached to a clump of foliage, Lamb’s Ears may be transplanted to other areas in the garden & covered with just a smidgen of soil. Water often & enjoy fresh new plantings in a few weeks. Lambs Ears need a bit more sun than traditional shade lovers but avoid locations where that dose of light is receive during the hottest time.

No. 4


Caladiums are a lush, leafy plant that can be found in many old-fashioned gardens. The reliable, shade loving bulbs thrive in locations with bright light offering consistent foliage throughout the warm, summer months. Caladiums are an excellent plant to use for a layered effect & pair well with ferns, impatiens & plantain lilies. Although they do bloom, caladiums are prized more for their signature heart-shaped leaves. They’re easy to care for requiring minimal maintenance – just a little regular water however be certain to keep them well drained. 

No. 5


Impatiens have long been prized as reliable, shade-thriving blooming annuals. They range in a variety of colors from bright reds & corals to lilac & white. They enliven many of the classic green shade-loving garden favorites. Impatiens make wonderful bedding plants but consider using them in containers, too. Make certain the soil is moist but well drained & if you really want a good showing, fertilize every few weeks then prepare to be amazed.

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