Whether your property has a little or a lot of shade you can still utilize every part of your yard when it comes to gardening. Filling these shaded spaces requires a bit of extra planning but many beautiful plants do grow best in lower light. Knowing which ones to select and how to care for them will help you create a beautiful shade garden.

From annual and perennial plants and flowers to herbs and vegetables, there are a wide variety that love the cool shade. Before you choose which ones to plant, consider the following tips on how to care for shade loving greenery. Shady areas need less frequent watering as they tend to dry out slower. It’s best to water them early in the morning and water the soil directly because if leaves stay wet, without the sunlight to dry them, they’re vulnerable to fungal disease.

Here is a list of a few popular shade loving plants to choose from:

Annuals:

Alyssum

Begonia

Fuchsia

Impatiens

Pansy

Snapdragon

Wishbone Flower

Perennials:

Bleeding-Heart

Forget-me-not

Hydrangea

Jacob’s Ladder

Lamb’s Ears

Li-Valley

Violets

Hostas

There are also several herbs and vegetables that can thrive in the shade. You can expect slower maturation of crops but there are many advantages to growing vegetables in the shade. In fact, leafy crops grown in partial shade will be succulent and free of bitter taste. A partially shaded garden can also allow for a longer growing period for cool-season crops. Vegetables grown for their leaves and roots are the best choices for shady gardens.

Here are a few of the vegetables/herbs that will grow in light to partial shade:

arugula

beets

broccoli

brussels sprouts

cabbage

carrots

cauliflower

celery

kale

lettuce

parsnips

peas,

potatoes

spinach

turnips

basil

chives

parsley

rosemary

mint

That shady spot in your garden doesn’t have to be bare. You can have a beautiful garden that will thrive without sun!