Shade Loving Plants

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One key piece of every garden and landscape is shade. It is where you can escape from the brutal sun, hot temperatures, and cool down under a large tree. While sunlight provides necessary nutrients, it also can hurt many types of plants. This is where planting material that does well in shade, can immensely benefit your landscape. Maintaining pop and color while being able to spend time outdoors, in the shade, can not only make your property feel better, but you feel better spending less time in the blistering heat. We know Louisville can get hot, so we just want to cater to our fellow lovers of the cool shade. When planting your garden this year, or the next, consider these shade-loving plants for your landscape. We will go over various types of shrubs, annuals, and perennial plants for you to choose from.


A great addition to any landscape, providing privacy and organization, many types of evergreen shrubs can grow very well in full shade. They can also provide shade themselves, and are great for every property. There are many varieties that do well in the shade, but here are a few of our top picks.

  • Inkberry Holly
  • Sky Pencil Holly
  • Hemlock
  • Yew
  • Andromeda
  • Azalea
  • Common Boxwood


These plants are where you can begin to let your artistic and creative capabilities come to light. Coming in a variety of colors, these shade-loving perennials can provide a pop of color, and create luxurious seasonal displays. There are many options to choose from, but these are the ones we think best suit the shade.

  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Dutchman’s Breeches
  • Lenten Rose
  • Toad Lily
  • Siberian Bugloss
  • Monkshood
  • Primrose
  • Lungwort


Finally, those plants you keep around the longest and the staple pieces of your landscape. Annuals are vital to the aesthetic of your garden and should be very carefully manicured. For planting those that love the shade, we have gathered a wide selection for you to choose from. Some of these have been previously referenced in our other blogs regarding planting recommendations, so we encourage you to check those out here.

  • Impatiens
  • Wax Begonia
  • Coleus
  • Fuchsia
  • Stock
  • Dichondra
  • Balsam
  • Viola

*Important Note: We do not carry annuals at Nature’s Mulch.

Now remember, for all of these pieces of plant material, you are going to need to know and understand their individual needs. Our experts at Nature’s Mulch are well versed on everything lawn and garden, especially plant material for the shaded areas of your landscape. Come visit us today as you make your selections.


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