Tough plants for shade
All plants need a little TLC when getting established. Even those listed as shade plants or drought-tolerant plants benefit from supplemental watering when rainfall is lacking. This is especially true when plants are young. But once they get going, these tough plants can handle challenging growing conditions with minimal help. Include these 10 resilient plants in your garden plans if you have especially shady areas.
Make room in your garden for fast-growing, trouble-free coleus. It tolerates part shade. Gardeners are constantly battling shady spots in backyards, always on lookout for pretty shade annuals. Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to find something with colour to add that much-needed pizzazz to shady areas. Coleus is it. A lot of people think coleus is a shade lover. It will survive in the shade, yes. But for best results and more intense colour, it benefits from a little morning sun!
Begonias are the champs of container shade gardening. Though they’re usually grown outdoors as annuals, these are actually perennials when protected from frost and freezes. Bring your containers indoors in the winter and grow these for years! The reds, pinks and whites of yesteryear are being supplemented with brilliant yellows and oranges in today’s market.