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Full Shade Garden | How To Grow A Gorgeous One

Full Shade Garden | How To Grow A Gorgeous One

In almost every list of shade loving plants you will find plants that still require sun generally described by the term part shade. All of the plants on this particular list can thrive in a full shade garden. So for you guys that truly have a spot so shady very little will grow this is the list for you! You can plan out a mixed bed or shade garden, plant under a tree, or fill in the shadiest of landscapes!

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Evergreen Shrubs

Gold Dust Aucuba

Zones: 7 to 10

Mature Height: 6-8 Feet
Mature Width: 5-6 Feet

With golden yellow spots on shiny green leaves this shade loving plant is quite unique. This heat lover gives an almost tropical feel and even works well in containers as a houseplant.

Green Mountain Boxwood

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 4-5 Feet
Mature Width: 2-3 Feet

This boxwood has a unique conical shape. In addition to tolerating heavy shade, the Green Mountain boxwood is pest, disease, and deer resistant.

Hicks Yew

Zones: 3 to 7

Mature Height: 10-15 Feet
Mature Width: 3-4 Feet

Hick's Yews are a perfect privacy screen or hedge for cooler regions. Attractive dense foliage and pretty red berries add interest.

Japanese Plum Yew

Zones: 6 to 9

Mature Height: 6-8 Feet
Mature Width: 6-10 Feet

The Japanese Plum Yew has lush evergreen foliage that looks like miniature palm fronds. This low maintenance shrub is lovely as a specimen or a hedge plant. This yew is deer resistant and heat tolerant.

Flowering Shrubs

Oakleaf Alice Hydrangea

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 8-10 Feet
Mature Width: 6-10 Feet

This hydrangea boasts large oak leaf foliage that turns a fabulous burgundy in fall. The white summer to fall blooms are plentiful.


Virginia Sweetspire

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 3-4 Feet
Mature Width: 4-5 Feet

Beautiful tassel like blooms cover this native bush in late spring and summer. The habit of the Sweetspire is mounded and spreading with arching branches. The Virginia Sweetspire is a tough shrub that tolerates wet conditions and clay soil.

Perennials

Big Daddy Hosta

Zones: 3 to 8

Mature Height: 2-3 Feet
Mature Width: 3-4 Feet

Enjoy outstanding blue-green color and richly textured leaves in an low maintenance plant that returns year after year.


Blue Angel Hosta

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 2-3 Feet
Mature Width: 3-4 Feet

Large blue-green leaves with deep ridges add character to any shady spot.


Carex Blue Zinger Sedge

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 1 Foot
Mature Width: 1-2 Feet

This grass-like perennial adds phenomenal color and texture to the landscape.


Carex Evergold Sedge

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 1 Foot
Mature Width: 1-2 Feet

Creamy yellow foliage blades are variegated with green margins. This easy to grow sedge even tolerates wet soil.


Earth Angel Hosta

Zones: 3 to 9

Mature Height: 1-2 Feet
Mature Width: 4-5 Feet

This wide, but low growing hosta is an exceptional selection with lovely variegated foliage.


Great Expectations Hosta

Zones: 3 to 8

Mature Height: 2-3 Feet
Mature Width: 2-3 Feet

The huge variegated leaves of the Great Expectations Hosta add bold color and flare to your yard.


Patriot Hosta

Zones: 3 to 8

Mature Height: 1-2 Feet
Mature Width: 1-2 Feet

The Patriot Hosta is a great accent perennial that is highly adaptable. Its big green leaves are variegated with white margins.


Guacamole Coral Bells

Zones: 4 to 9

Mature Height: 1-2 Feet
Mature Width: 1-2 Feet

The lime green leaves of this Heuchera boast pretty ruffled edges. This petite perennial is deer resistant.


Silver Scrolls Heuchera

Zones: 4 to 9

Mature Height: 1 Foot
Mature Width: 1 Foot

The Silver Scrolls Coral Bells offers unique silvery purple color in a compact plant. This heuchera is also easy to grow and deer resistant.

Groundcover Plants

Snow-N-Summer™ Asiatic Jasmine

Zones: 7 to 9

Mature Height: 1 Foot
Mature Width: 2-3 Feet

With its pink, green, and white variegation and the lovely fragrance from its summer flowers, this showy vine is an awesome groundcover


Variegated Liriope

Zones: 6 to 10

Mature Height: 1 Foot
Mature Width: 1 Foot

Also known as lilyturf or monkey grass, Liriope is an excellent choice for borders and mass plantings. This variegated variety adds a little extra excitement to your landscape.


Vine Plants

White Climbing Hydrangea Vine

Zones: 4 to 9

Mature Height: 40-60 Feet
Mature Width: 10-15 Feet

Classic white lace cap flowers and lush green foliage cover old fences and barren walls.


Pink Climbing Hydrangea Vine

Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 40-60 Feet
Mature Width: 10-15 Feet

Similar to the White Climbing hydrangea, the pink is excellent for arbors or trellises or even functions as a unique groundcover.


Find these plants and more at our North Carolina nursery. Now you have the plants and the information. You are ready to go! Go create your own fabulous full shade garden oasis!

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