Good Plants For Shady Borders
Most gardeners have at least one difficult spot in their garden. One of the most challenging is the shade cast by buildings and trees. A shady spot can be difficult for plants as it creates a cool environment and is often coupled with dry soil or very damp soil. However there are many plants that will tolerate these conditions so those areas needn’t remain bare! There are a number of border plants for shade. Here are just some of the plants suitable for gardening in the shade border. Hydrangea and Azalea, no shade border could be complete without a hydrangea. This shade-loving shrub can help provide structure to the shade border, as will other shade-loving shrubs like azaleas. Caladiums dazzle in shade borders with their large, arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red. Grouped together, they can make quite a statement. These plants look exceptional paired with other shade lovers. Nothing is more graceful in the shade border than the hosta. Numerous varieties of this foliage plant are widely available, ranging from the lightest of greens to blue, and with nearly any conceivable variegation of green, gold, cream and white.
The soft, colorful plumes of astilbe are great for creating contrast in the shade border. Another charmer for shade borders is flowering tobacco. There are many types to choose, ranging in size and color. For show-stopping color in the shade border, coral bell plants are also a great choice. Coral bells thrive in part to full shade, forming low mounds of foliage with spikes of delicate, bell-shaped blooms. Hellebores are ideal for the shade border too.