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.
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More Featured Garden Plans for Shade
Annual Garden for Shade
Turn on the lights in your shade garden with easy, reliable, and long-blooming annuals.
Beginner Garden for Shade
So easy! This perennial shade garden is so successful because of its selection of easy-care plants.
Bold and Bright Foundation Garden Plan
Turn a narrow space around a foundation into a colorful enhancement to your house.
Bold Woodland Garden Plan
Plant a brilliantly colored garden beneath a canopy of leaves. See our woodland garden plant.
Cold-Climate Shade Garden Plan
A custom plan for cool climates! These hardy perennials will add color to shady spots in your yard.
Colorful Foliage Garden Plan
Fantastic foliage! Create a container garden packed with colorful lush leaves.
Easy-Care Summer-Blooming Shade Garden Plan
Add colorful blooms to a shaded spot. This plan mixes flowering shrubs and perennials.
Garden Plan for Partial Shade
Surround a bench with a lush garden that thrives in partial shade. A gorgeous focal point garden!
Hosta-Filled Shade Garden
Enjoy a lush but low-maintenance shade garden with this circular hosta bed garden plan.
Lush Woodland Garden Plan
Fill your shade garden with texture from spring to fall with these easy-going plants.
Add a shade-loving island bed beneath the canopy of mature trees. Lush, lovely, and colorful.
Shade-Loving Container Garden Plan
Add a grouping of shade-loving plants in pots to create an easy-care garden.
Shady Birdbath Garden Plan
A bird-attracting focal point: Add a colorful skirt of shade-loving flowers around a birdbath.
Garden Plans for Shady Spots
No sun? No problem. Check out these garden plans for areas that receive little sunlight.
Shady Foliage Garden Plan
An informal garden bed looks stunning with a shade-loving, leafy selection of plants.
Soft-Color Shade Garden Plan
Add soft-color flowers to a shade bed to create a little pastel oasis.
Spring Shade Border
Celebrate spring with a shade-loving border packed with flowers.