A Backyard Oasis With Plants, Trees and a Pond

What is it and what can you grow in Shade? Before you are able to grow anything, first you need to know the varying levels of shade. There are four categories of colour:

Levels of Shade

Deep shade

No direct sunlight ever reaches the floor. The ground may be moist or dry based on the specific website.

Part shade

Shade component of the day with sunlight another portion of the day. Shade plants that receive morning sun and afternoon shade do really well; but if your situation is morning shade and afternoon sun, you may want to pick a more sun-loving plant, because the day sun is hotter.

Mild shade

There’s never any complete sunlight in this region, it shines through tree or bush branches, such as instance.

Open Light

No direct sunshine. The light usually occurs on the north side of a structure with light reflected to the floor by the surrounding walls.

Define your Light Area

Defining your light area is important as it lets you choose the right plants for that region. There are lots of terrific plants that will thrive in the many shady areas of your lawn, so there’s absolutely not any need to drive yourself mad with a hit or miss suspect.

You might feel that the largest problem area are the one in deep colour.

Then again, you may be wrong. You can grow an assortment of ground covers which are very lovely in their own right. Ground cover plants are utilized to anchor and decorate the bare ground. Like living mulch, they assist shrubs and trees grow better by keeping the soil cool and moist. They need only minimal maintenance when they are established. Here’s a short list of hints:

Plantes d'ombre profonde


The soil should be moist, rich and well drained. It’s dense strands of big, round, leathery/waxy leaves and spires of white, lavender or pink flowers make it a valuable ground cover.

European Wild Ginger

The soil should be moist, rich and loamy. The plant has shiny, round evergreen leaves around three inches wide, it makes an attractive low cover, with flowers that are brown and inconspicuous.

Mountain Phlox

The soil should be loamy and well drained. The creeping, matlike evergreen foliage bears a thick cover of blue, white or purple flowers in three inch balls on ten inch stalks in the spring.

Sweet Woodruff

The soil should be loamy and moist. It’s a six inch, green deciduous plant with fluffy sprays of miniature white blossoms in the spring. The plants grow in clumps with shallow matlike roots.

Plantes d'ombre partielle

In half or part shade there are a lot of delightful choices for your garden. Here are just a few to provide you with the inspiration you need to get started:

Alyssum doux

This little plant features globular clusters of tiny, fragrant flowers in pink, white or purple. They vary in height from three to six inches.


Graceful showy plumes of pink, white or reddish flowers bloom for many weeks during the summer, and attractive foliage from late spring until after frost are the mainstays of the unusual plant. They vary in height from a few feet.


A striking plant grown more for its large foliage than its flowers. Hosta may be blue-green with yellow or white variegation. Some of the most striking kinds are puckered like seersucker, but most are smooth or ridged. They vary in height from six inches to four feet.


Probably the world’s most popular garden flower and rightfully so, because the all-purpose ever flowering plants are relatively easy to grow and come in a rainbow of colours. They vary in height from six to fifteen inches.


This is a hardy and easy to grow plant. Its broad, flat-topped blossoms come in bright yellow, red, white or pastel colors and bloom throughout the summer. They vary in height from eighteen and thirty inches.

Plantes d'ombre douce

In mild or filtered shade plants which are lighter in colour, white or light pastels, have an arresting and dramatic affect on the senses. So with this in mine, I propose:


These daisy-like flowers grow from three to six inches tall and come in yellow, white, violet-blue, lavender, rose or pink with yellow or black centres.


There are over a thousand species of Begonias, but here is one that does well in light or filtered shade, Wax Begonia. It’s green leaves mottled with white or bronze and its tiny clustered flowers come in white, pink or red.


This plant has been grown for its brightly colored and patterned leaves. They vary in height from six inches to two feet, but if you pinch them back they are fuller and considerably more lush; you need to pinch back the flower buds, because they exude the plant of strength which should go in the foliage. The patterned leaves come in combinations of chartreuse, red, pink, purple, white, yellow or green.

Lily of the Valley

There’s nothing lovelier to look at or smell in your backyard than Lily of the Valley, with their long-lasting elliptic green leaves and white bell-shaped blossoms. These plants are easy to grow and quick to disperse.

The last group of plants are excellent for open shade (recall, as it receives no direct sunlight, by painting encircling walls white, you’ll receive more light reflected).


This one to three foot plant produces many flowers in orange, yellow, pink, red, lavender, rose or bicolored in their long stalks over a few weeks in mid-summer, but each flower lasts one day. Make certain to remove dead flowers daily to maintain the plants attractive.

Lady’s Mantle

The silvery chartreuse leaves of the plant are crimped, with dainty sprays of yellowish-green straw-textured blossoms. Because this plant is invasive, area broadly, because it will spread and fill fast.

Wishbone Flower

These bushy, low-growing plants are continuously covered with small and very distinctive flowers throughout the hot summer. The pale purple blossoms have a lower lip with 3 lobes off deep purple and a yellowish lobe in the center of the lower lobe. Besides their continuous beauty, they are easy to grow and maintain.