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Hardy, shade-loving plants

Updated November 21, 2016

Hardy, shade-loving plants are often placed along paths or shady areas within the garden. These plants do not need as much full sun as other flowering shrubs and plants. Shade-loving plants brighten up lonely corners of your garden, and most shade-loving plants require minimal care such as periodic watering and pruning.

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Astilbe is a tough, shade-loving perennial that produces pink, red, white and purple flowers in the early summer. Some other colour variations such as burgundy are also seen. The foliage is thin and light green. This plant can grow up to 1.2 m (4 feet tall). Astilbes need moist soil. Plant this shrub in an area that does not drain well and in a shady corner of your garden. Water your shrub every other day.


Camellias are hardy, shade-loving evergreen shrubs that produce white, pink and red flowers in the late winter and spring. The foliage is glossy and dark green. This plant enjoys moist but well-drained soil and needs watering four to five times per week. This shrub can reach heights of up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, so pruning is needed to prevent overgrowth. Many homeowners maintain their shrubs at 2.4 to 3 m (8 to 10 feet) tall.

Acer palmatum

The Acer palmatum is a hardy, shade-loving tree that produces tiny purple and red flowers, and dark reddish purple foliage. The foliage also turns bright red in the autumn. This plant thrives in the shade and enjoys partial sun. The Acer palmatum enjoys moist sandy and claylike soils. This is a small tree that can grow up to 1.8 m (6 feet) tall.

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