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30 Shade Loving Plants for Your Home

When it comes to choosing the plants that go in your garden each year, including the right things that will work in your space can be a challenge. It’s also, of course, important to plant things you actually like the look of too! We’ve recently moved into a new house where the yard is quite shady, so we’ve had to do some research about what will work in our new space before we dig our gardening tools out, just to make sure we plant things that will thrive in less light.

Just in case you’re like to learn more about shade loving plants too, here are 15 of the prettiest and most effective plants that will work for your garden as well!

1. Cora Bells

Cora bells

Cora Bells are known for how easy they are to care for, which is great news for beginner gardeners. They are low maintenance, they thrive in shade, and their tiny flowers bring a bright pop of colour to green spaces. We love their particular shade of pink! Learn more about them on Gardening Know How.

2. Dead Nettle

Dead nettle

Their name might sound in a little bleak, but these plants are actually quite lively indeed! According to Gardenista, dead nettles are a lovely purple perennial, meaning they’ll grow back each year rather than dying out at the end of a season and needing replanting. They’re also a ground cover, so they will make deep roots and spread out across the garden, which can be a good or bad feature, depending on your garden goals.

3. Foam Flower

Foam flower

Just in case you’d prefer a flower that’s a little less bright but still brings some delicate petals to your space, here’s the Foam Flower! This is a one stem plant with lots of individual blooms. Learn more about its annual, non-spreading nature on Plant Delights.

4. Lungwort


Were you in love with the periwinkle purple shade of the Dead Nettle flowers but you’re not so sure about the pale leaves? Then maybe you’d prefer Lungwort! According to The Spruce, this flower was used once upon a time to treat lung diseases because it looks like a lung and herbalists believe there was a link between the two. It thrives well near trees but will also spread.