What flowering bush will grow in the shade?
Check out some of our favourite shrubs to grow in shade, below.
Do hydrangeas grow in shade?
Hydrangeas like morning sun, but do not do well if they're in direct, hot afternoon sun. Partial shade in the later parts of the day is ideal for these beauties.
Which plant grows best in shade?
10 Great Plants for Shade
No, ideally it's best that all types of lavender are exposed to full sun for most of the day. Hardier varieties (Hidcote and Grosso) may survive but it's best to find a sunny spot to plant them in.
Azaleas do well in full sun or part shade (about four hours of sun). Planted in full sun, azaleas will be more compact and floriferous. When planted in part shade, they will stretch toward the sunlight and form a more graceful habit; flowers will not be as plentiful but will last longer.
The climbing hydrangea is the only variety that can grow in full shade, all other hydrangea types need a few hours of sunlight. If your garden gets partial shade with a few hours of light per day, there are other shade-loving hydrangeas that you can grow in your garden.
Star jasmine is the best choice for shady fences (Trachelospermum jasminoides). Other shade lovers are climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris), creeping fig and ivy. When planting a climber, consider how much sun or shade they will receive.
These shrubs can transform a dull wall, clothing it in attractive foliage, flowers and often berries. The shrubs benefit from this sheltered location and provide an insulating effect and help to prevent weather erosion on a house wall. Many also offer food and shelter for wildlife.
There are plenty of groundcovers, perennials, and even small shrubs that do well under trees. Pay attention to a few things: If it's a perennial or shrub, make sure it will survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). Here are a few of our favorite options for planting under trees.
Mint is one of those herbs that grow in shade or sun. Old-fashioned peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a personal favorite.
Gardenias thrive in light shade and moist soil. They are evergreen, which will provide year-round interest, but it's their intensely fragrant, white flowers that really steal the show. These sweet-smelling, shade-loving shrubs can make excellent understory plantings as well.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), an evergreen shrub, prefers full sun but may be grown in light shade. It is very aromatic when brushed or bruised and is used in cooking fish, poultry and game. Rosemary comes in upright and prostrate forms. The latter may be grown on a wall or in a hanging basket.
Rhododendrons and azaleas, which are among the most popular flowering plants for shade, are commonly thought to be, as a group, amenable to low-light conditions. Rhododendrons will grow nicely in full sun to moderate shade.
Most large-leafed varieties require dappled shade; avoid deep shade or full sun. A sunny spot that receives a few hours of shade is perfect. See regional guidelines below. Soil should be well-drained, humus-rich, moist, and acidic (pH 4.5–6).
Rhododendrons are shrubs, often evergreen, that are either native to North America or hybrids grown for desirable attributes such as height, color, and adaptability to regional climates. Their flowers are tubular-, funnel-, or bell-shaped—and depending on variety, can be fragrant.
Herbaceous peonies prefer at least 8 hours of full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but they will not flower as readily. Tree peonies grow best in full sun, but some cultivars will tolerate up to a half day of light shade, although the flowing may be reduced.
“Partial sun” or “partial shade” means that the plant needs 3-6 hours of direct sun per day. The terms sometimes are used interchangeably. “Partial sun” usually implies that the plant needs more sun and is more heat tolerant. “Partial shade” implies that the plant should be protected from the sun during the afternoon.
Morning glories prefer full sun but will tolerate very light shade. The plants are also well known for their tolerance to poor, dry soils. Even with the plant's tolerance of poor soil, it actually prefers well-draining soil that is moist, but not soggy.
Cultivation notes. All jasmines need a fertile, well-drained soil in full or partial sun. Summer jasmine needs a sheltered spot, full sun and a south- or south west-facing aspect. Winter jasmine is more tolerant of partial shade and a south east or north west aspect.