by High Country Gardens
Suggested Plant Selections for Shady Areas© All articles are copyrighted by High Country Gardens. Republication is prohibited without Permission.
I bet right about now, what with the heat and all, you're heading for the shadiest spots you can find. I know I am. I'm also noticing I don't have a lot of plants in those shady spots. Somehow we don't tend to think of shade plants here in the Southwest, but there are a few that do quite well. Many of the annuals fit perfectly into shady corners including tuberous begonias, coleuses and fuchsias. (I love fuchsias. When I was little, I used to call them 'ballerina flowers' because of the little pointed dots on the ends of the leggy stamens.) Some of the perennials that take nicely to the shade include:
- Ceratostigma plumbaginoides 'Hardy Plumbago': A groundcover that weaves into flowerbeds and likes any type of soil. It has deep blue, long lasting flowers. And the leaves turn red in the fall.
- Lamium: Has silver leaves and pink or white flowers (White and Red Nancy varieties.) Both tolerate a wide range of soils and moisture levels. These are perfect to brighten dark shady areas.
- Pulmonaria 'Mrs. Moon': A groundcover valued for its ornamental silver spotted foliage and blue flowers in the spring. It likes rich composted soil.
- Ajuga reptens Bungleweed 'Burgundy Glow': A groundcover and likes any kind of soil. Zone 3.
- Tradescantia 'Concord Grape' Spiderwort: A bluish-green grass that grows in dense drifts and likes dry shade.