This easy plan can make your garden design look like a pro's. Now, anyone can enjoy a perennial shade garden with our selection of foolproof plants.

By Jenny Krane
Updated May 23, 2019
Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

This low-maintenance, foolproof shade garden is attractive in three seasons, but particularly throughout late winter and spring. Witch hazel and astilbe light up the early season with their cheerful blooms. The striking leaves of hosta and Solomon's seal ensure that the garden is attractive even when the flowers aren't in bloom. Shade gardens prefer organic soils, just like Mother Nature's woodland soils. Keep this one moist but well drained for best plant health.

Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Free Garden Plan

Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

No-fail shade plants make this garden low-maintenance. Use this design to brighten a shady corner of the yard.

Garden size: 9 x 18

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Left: Dency Kane
Center: Peter Krumhardt
Right: Peter Krumhardt

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Comments (1)

June 20, 2018
I used this as a starting point many years ago and it made shopping and planting and maintenance so easy. I modified some of the plants based upon what was available at our local nursery/best suited for our area and it turned out really nice.