Flowers That Love The Shade

When it comes to the sunny side of your lawn, the amount of flowers you can choose to plant can be almost overwhelming. You won’t have this same problem when it comes to the shady side of the garden. In fact, it can be downright hard to find plants or flowers that don’t yearn for the sun.

If you’re scratching your head over what flowers to plant in the shade, here are three of our favorite shade-loving flowers:


Coralbells display pretty peach-colored leaves in the spring. As the temperature rises in the summer, the red veins in the leaves darken the leaves and give them silver highlights. The summer also entices the plant to extend red-purple stems upward that bear bright pink bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are small and colorful and will add some vibrancy to your shade garden in growing zones 4 – 9.

Merlin Hellebore

Merlin Hellebore produces pale pink blossoms that darken into rich, maroon flowers as they mature. The plant blooms in early winter and late spring in growing zones 5 – 8 and is known to be deer resistant.

Wild Swan Anemone

In our opinion, Wild Swan Anemone is one of the most beautiful flowers that thrive in shade or partial shade. This spring perennial will produce delicate white flowers shot through with violet and blue highlights. The nodding flowers can provide an understated beauty to the shady parts of your flower garden if you live in growing zones 6 – 8.

For more guidance on what plants work best in the shade in your growing zone, contact our flower experts at (760) 754-0438.