Beautiful Shade Landscaping Plants
Shady areas offer cool quiet spaces creating tranquil settings. Use shade landscaping plants that give the area interesting textures and colors. There is a wide variety of landscaping plants that have been categorized as plants fit for a shade garden. And here are some of them. Perennial hostas are perhaps the most common landscaping plants for shade gardens and are one of the best low-light plants. There are hundreds of cultivars and all are grown for their large and often multicolored leaves. The hosta flowers are lavender or white, and look like small lilies, growing up tall stalks above the foliage. Hostas are not picky about soil type, though they do prefer good drainage and will tolerate drought. On the other hand, ferns add a lush woodsy appearance to shady areas. Japanese holly ferns (Cyrtomium fortunei) stay evergreen in mild winter locations, producing leathery 2-foot-long upright fronds forming clumps up to 3 feet wide. This woodland garden plant grows best in moist soil in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10. Perennial southern maidenhair ferns (Adiantum capillus-verneris) grow best in USDA zones 7 through 11, with green fluffy fronds reaching 6 to 12 inches tall, forming clumps 1 to 3 feet wide.
Astilbe are another landscaping plants, shade loving, hardy perennials with tall stalks full of tiny feathery flowers in shades of pink, purple, red, and white. They have a very long blooming season and make long lasting cut flowers. Astilbe are slow to fade and keep their color as dried flowers as well. They grow best in a shade garden that has rich, well fertilized soil.