10 shade flowers for pot and garden

Hellebore is a shade flower

It’s not always easy to imagine a shady area with flowers, as we believe they all need a few hours of sunlight to bloom. But the reality is that there are some that can be found in places where the rays of the star king do not reach directly.

Although there are not many shade flowers, we want you to take a look at the selection of species we have made, because we are sure there will be one, or maybe several, which you can use to give color to the more protected ones. corners of your garden or yard


Shade-tolerant flowering herbaceous plants

If what you want are herbs that produce beautiful flowers and can be in shade or partial shade, here are a few:

Flowering begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)

Begonia is a flowering plant

Flower begonia is a small herbaceous plant that reaches a height of 35-40 centimeters. It has fleshy, rounded, dark brown or green leaves. Begins to bloom in spring, sometimes late winter, and may continue to bloom in summer. Its flowers are small, about 2 centimeters, pink, red or white. It is not frost resistant, so it must be protected if the temperature drops below 0 degrees.

Hellebore or Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)

The Christmas rose is a shadow flower

The plant known as the Christmas rose is a perennial that reaches 50 centimeters in height. It develops basal leaves, palmate and petiolate, dark green. Its flowers bloom in winter, and are white or pink. It is frost resistant down to -18ºC.

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)

Lily of the valley is a shade plant.

Lily of the valley, lily of the valley or convalaria is a perennial herbaceous plant with a rhizome that reaches a height of about 30 centimeters. It has green leaves, 25 centimeters long, and blooms in spring. The flowers are born from a floral stem, and are white, or more rarely pink. It resists down to -18ºC, but it must be taken into account that the aerial part (i.e. the leaves) dies after flowering.

Monarda (bergamot)

Monarda is a shade-blooming herb


Monarda is a short-lived perennial herb that can reach a meter in height. The stem and leaves are pubescent, and produces white, yellow, pink or cream flowers in spring. Frost resistant down to -20°C.

Do not forget me (Myosotis scorpioides)

Myosotis is a plant with blue flowers

Image – Wikimedia/Bernt Fransson

The so-called forget-me-not grass is a perennial plant that reaches a height of 30 centimeters, and develops creeping stems that can reach 1 meter in length. The leaves are green, oblong-lanceolate and with very short hairs on their surface. It blooms in spring and summer, producing blue flowers 2 centimeters wide.. It resists down to -18ºC.

Flowering woody plants to have in the shade

If you want to know which woody plants produce flowers and need to be spared so that they can do well, write:

Azalea (Rhododendron simsii and Rhododendron japonicum)

The azalea is a shade plant

Image – Wikimedia/Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

The azalea is an evergreen or deciduous shrub (depending on whether it is of the Tsutsuji or Pentanthera variety), which reaches a height of about 50 centimeters, rarely more. They produce very pretty flowers in spring and summer, white, pink or red.. They resist down to -8°C, and you should also know that they grow in acidic soils or lands, with a pH between 4 and 6.

Camellia (camellia)

The camellia is an evergreen shrub

The camellia is a bush or a tree, depending on the species, which reaches an approximate height of between 1 and 10 meters. Its leaves are evergreen, shiny dark green and blooms in spring. Its flowers are 4 to 6 centimeters wide and can be white, pink or red. Like the azalea, it is an acid plant, which cannot be planted in clay and therefore alkaline soils. It resists down to -10ºC.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

The hydrangea is a plant that blooms in the spring.

The hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that reaches a height of 1 to 3 meters. It has oval, tooth-margined, green leaves. It blooms in spring and summer, producing white, blue, pink or red flowers. grouped in rounded inflorescences. The color will depend on the species, but also on the pH of the soil: if it is 5.5 or less, they will be blue; and if it is superior, pink or red. It resists down to -18ºC.

Rhododendron (Pontic rhododendron)

The rhododendron is a shrub that blooms in spring

Image – Flickr/Peter O’Connor aka anemoneprojectors

The rhododendron is an evergreen shrub similar to the azalea, but with larger leaves and flowers. It reaches a height of around 1 meter, so it is widely used as a low hedge in temperate gardens which have acidic soil, with a pH between 4 and 6. It is also a fantastic balcony plant, as it s adapts well to living in a pot It blooms in spring, producing flowers 4 centimeters wide, and white, pink, lilac or red.. It resists down to -12ºC.

Rosebush (Rosa sp)

The rosebush is a shrub that blooms in the spring.

Although roses need plenty of light, they also grow well if placed in partial shade. Depending on the species, they reach a height of 1 to 3 meters. Its leaves are dark green and usually arise from spiny stems. They normally flower in spring, but hybrids and cultivars also flower in summer and/or fall.. Its flowers are pink, yellow, white, red, orange, etc., and usually fragrant, but modern varieties are usually odorless. They are resistant to cold and frost down to -18ºC.

Which of these shadow flowers did you like the most?

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