Color in the Shade

You can have rich color in the shade. These lists will help you choose the right plants for your garden.
For Months of Flowers
  • impatiens--TS or annual
  • begonia--TS or annual
  • wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri)--annual
  • peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)--TS*
  • amethyst flower (Browallia sp.)--annual

Flowering Ground Covers
  • Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)--US, MS, LS
  • carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)--US, MS, LS
  • common periwinkle (Vinca minor)--US to CS
  • mazus (Mazus reptans)--US to CS
  • 'Big Blue' liriope (Liriope muscari 'Big Blue')--AS
  • golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum)--US to CS

Plants With Colorful Foliage
  • caladium--TS or annual
  • coleus--TS or annual
  • 'Mr. Goldstrike' Japanese aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Mr. Goldstrike')--AS
  • 'Plum Passion' nandina (Nandina domestica 'Monum')--US to CS

Colorful Grasses for Shade
  • variegated Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold')--US to CS
  • golden sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon')--AS
  • variegated sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus')--AS
  • golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')--US, MS, LS

Plants for Winter Bloom
  • camellia (Camellia japonica)--US to CS
  • winter daphne (Daphne odora)--MS, LS
  • tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans)--LS, CS, TS
  • leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)--US to CS
  • Lenten rose--US, MS, LS

Plants With Colorful Berries
  • nandina--US to CS
  • holly--zones depend on species
  • Japanese skimmia (Skimmia japonica)--US
  • Italian arum (Arum italicum)--US to CS
  • Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata)--US, MS

*Can be grown in container where not winter hardy.

US = Upper South
MS = Middle South
LS = Lower South
CS = Coastal South
TS = Tropical South
AS = All South