Shade Garden Plans

Under a tree or beside a building: Those tough shady spots in your landscape take planning to plant, but they reward with interesting foliage and distinctive color. Shade-garden plans -- including our surefire layouts -- beautify those spots, as well as take the work and worry out your garden. If you're new to shade, try our beginner's plan. Foliage plants with large, colorful leaves, such as these shade-focused arrangements, work well in both container gardens and garden beds. Take hostas: They are a fantastic way to add color and texture to your garden; our plans offer a wide variety of these shade-loving standbys. Hostas work well with a range of shade-loving perennials such as bleeding heart and hellebore; use our shade-ready plan to add color to a sun-starved spot in your yard. Many annuals love shade, too, and you can create a whole garden with them using our selection of foolproof plants. Some shrubs also do well in shade; combine them with perennials to fill your yard with pretty hues in spring, summer, and fall.

Design a beautiful garden or landscape with our garden-planning tips.

Select six gorgeous plants for that perfect shady spot.

Fill an area beneath a shade tree with this charming garden.

Create a beautiful, low-maintenance shade garden that's full of texture from...

Add beautiful color to shady spots in your yard with these garden plans.

Combine these easy-growing plants to fill your shade garden with texture sprin...

Team a lovely garden with mature trees and create a cool, shaded area.

Featuring easy-growing perennial flowers such as hosta, bleeding heart, and...

This garden plan combines easy, adaptable plants to add color to spots that...

Add a bright dose of color to a spot under a canopy of tree leaves.

Now, anyone can enjoy a perennial shade garden with our selection of foolproof...

Layer plants in a small space to transform a narrow foundation planting into a...

This informal perennial garden bed combines attractive leaves and softly...

This informal garden bed highlights shade plants with large, colorful leaves,...

Use these hardy perennials to add color to shady spots in your landscape.

Give your birdbath a colorful skirt of beautiful shade-loving flowers.

This mix of flowering shrubs and perennials will fill your yard with color all...

Great container gardens don't have to be floriferous. This garden plan uses...

Brighten a shady spot by grouping an assortment of potted plants underneath a...

Get 15 plants, plus easy-to-follow growing and care instructions and a plantin...

Brighten shady spots in your garden with these easy and reliable annuals.

Put on a big show in a small space with this garden plan.

Enjoy beautiful color all spring and summer with this easy-growing shade garde...

Dress up the area around your mailbox with this expansive plan of easy-growing...

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