In nature there are plants that are adapted according to their environment to the various conditions that are available. So, there are plants that have the ability to live and grow only in shady or semi-shady places, as they need some daylight. There are of course others that can thrive in both sunny and shady areas. Certainly most plants find it difficult to live in the shade, because the lack of light does not allow them to photosynthesize enough.
Ornamental plants for shady spots in the garden
The shade plants include plants from almost all categories of ornamentals: Shrubs (tall or low), perennials, bulbs, plants with creeping growth and even some ornamental grasses (grasses). Most shade plants are very impressive and beautiful. Their ornamental value is sometimes due to the different colors of its leaves and other times to its impressive flowering.
In terms of their soil requirements, most shade plants prefer acidic and fertile soils. So it is no coincidence that when we talk about shade plants in our minds first come our well-known and beloved acidophiles: Gardenia, Azalea, Camellia, Hydrangea and Rhododendron. But in addition to the traditional there are many other remarkable shade plants that can be used in various ways in shady areas of the garden or balcony.
Shade plants with creeping or herbaceous growth ideal to fill the “gaps” created in the garden due to shade are: Euchera, Liriopi, Karex, Ayuka Repens, Dikentra (or bloody heart), Bergenia, Hosta , Brunera, Ofiopogon, Kyananthos, Veroniki nana, Trikirtis, Fteri, Aspenio, Polypodio, Peonia, Akoulegkia, Elevoros, Viga erpousa and others.
Shade plants suitable for higher plantings in the shady corners of the garden or balcony are: Viburno Lucidum, Angeliki (in all its forms and varieties), Gunera, Akanthos, Rouscos, Wild Camellia or Camellia Sasang Aucuba, Alex, Buxus, Loropetalo, Veronica, Nantina, Ekuzetum, Ligustro texanum and more.
Shade-resistant plants or “shade plants” allow gardeners and gardeners to find solutions for difficult areas of the garden, where there is not enough light. Solutions that satisfy at the same time the aesthetics of the space since the options are many!