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9 Plants That Can Thrive In The Shade

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White Wood Aster

A deciduous perennial, white wood aster blooms in late summer and prefers light shade, thriving in zones 4 to 9 with occasional summer water in drier climates.

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Hardy Begonia

Featuring bold foliage and clusters of white to pink flowers, the hardy begonia is a deciduous perennial that flourishes in light to full shade in zones 6 to 9, once established.

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Finger-Leaf Rodgersia

With bold foliage and panicles of white to pink flowers in early summer, finger-leaf rodgersia thrives in open shade and prefers regular watering during summer months in zones 5 to 8.

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Hardy True Ginger (Butterfly Ginger)

Brightening woodland plantings with showy orange-and-yellow flowers in July, the hardy true ginger requires regular summer moisture and grows into a sizable clump in part shade in zones 7b to 9.

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Giant Himalayan Lily

Enormous fragrant blooms with purple throats appear in late spring and early summer, making the giant Himalayan lily a dramatic addition to shade gardens in zones 7 to 9.

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Beesia

An evergreen perennial ground cover with glossy, heart-shaped foliage and small white blooms in early summer, beesia is rabbit resistant and thrives in part to full shade in zones 6 to 9.

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Hydrangea Serrata and Hydrangea Macrophylla

Offering early summer color with a variety of flower types and colors, hydrangeas are versatile plants for light to open shade in zones 6 to 9.

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Plantain Lily

Blooming in white, lavender, or purple, plantain lily features broad, heart-shaped leaves and thrives in part to full shade in zones 3 to 9 with regular fertilizer application.

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Sedum (Stonecrop)

Thick and fleshy, stonecrop sedum varieties offer clustered flowers in late summer to fall, with few pests or diseases, making them suitable for shade gardens.