7 plants that will thrive in the shade

1. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular plants, and come in many species. With big blooms ranging from white and pink, to blue, they can also bring striking color and character to your garden.

2. Fuchsia

These small pink and purple flowers are surprisingly hardy, with many species growing well in sun or partial shade. This is mainly because fuschia are natural woodlanders, known to thrive in dim light. In particular, the pale-flowered species such as Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae and Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' will survive the shade.

3. Hosta

Hostas come in a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes, and are known to love the shade. In fact,some hostas can start from a tiny 4 inches to grow as large as 6 feet across!

4. Ferns

It comes as no surprise that these lush, bountiful plants originated in moist and shady woodland— making them the ideal, shade-loving plant. In fact, most ferns prefer indirect light and tend to thrive well in partial to full shade.

5. Foxgloves

The foxglove (Digitalis) is a beautiful, cottage-style favorite, known for its characteristic spires of bell-shaped flowers. Originally woodland plants, foxgloves prefer partial to full shade, blooming in late spring and summer.

6. Foamflower

The Foamflower (Tiarella) is another classic woodland plant that is native to North America. Known for its white, frothy-like flowers, and heart-shaped leaves, this dainty perennial is pretty hardy.

7. Begonia

These popular, vibrant flowers are also known to grow best in semi-shaded areas. And while there are certain species that can grow in full shade, these tend to grow slower and bloom less compared to those with partial shade.

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