20 Fab Foliage Plants For Shade
Flowers may come and go, but fabulous foliage is hard at work every single day bringing beauty and color to shady garden spaces. Some plants with fun foliage act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others steal the show all on their own. Here are 20 of our favorite shade tolerant annuals, perennials and shrubs that offer season-long color in containers and landscapes.
10 Colorful Coleus
Coleus are adaptable plants that work well in landscapes and containers. Our ColorBlaze are also both sun and shade tolerant, which makes them an excellent choice for almost any situation. Check out these ten favorite coleus for a splash of color in your landscape.
ColorBlaze® Strawberry Drop - Coleus - Solenostemon scutellarioides
ColorBlaze Strawberry Drop coleus adds a hint of red and pink to your container gardens, surrounded by a dark edge for contrast. This coleus has an unusual trailing habit and will be beautiful when mixed with Supertunia Vista Bubblegum or a dark red verbena.
ColorBlaze® Golden Dreams™ - Coleus - Solenostemon scutellarioides
For many, this coleus is loved at first sight! The colorful chartreuse foliage of ColorBlaze Golden Dreams has red veining which adds so much interest to this foliage variety. It performs well in both sun and shade as long as their is reasonable humidity. In very low humidity environments, it will need afternoon shade.
ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop - Coleus - Solenostemon scutellarioides
Here's a fun coleus that offers a unique trailing habit, ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop. Grow it in a container on your patio on its own, or mix it with other chartreuse or dark leafed plants. So easy to grow, loves life in the sun OR the shade!
Charmed® Wine - Shamrock - Oxalis triangularis
The luck of the Irish will be with you when you grow this dark, plum-colored shamrock plant. This is perfect plant for shaded patio planters. At the end of the growing season, bring Charmed Wine indoors to enjoy as part of your home decor. When new shoots begin to sprout in March or April, it will be a sure sign that spring is near.
Primo® 'Wild Rose' - Coral Bells - Heuchera hybrid
Primo 'Wild Rose' Heuchera delights with bright purple/pink leaves that easily color the shade. Hardy down to zone 4, this is a perennial that will require very little work from you and will reach an impressive 20" in height. Loved by hummingbirds and butterflies, but not be deer. Also salt resistant, so perfect for a mailbox garden.
Shadowland® 'Waterslide' - Hosta hybrid
Shadowland 'Waterslide' is an easy to care for perennial that prefers the shade, and is hardy in zones 3-9. These gorgeous blue, rippled leaves hold their color all season long. Lavender flowers appear in the summer, and these blooms will bring the hummingbirds for a visit too.
Lemon Coral® - Sedum mexicanum
Lemon Coral is an annual sedum plant, fun to touch, and fun to plant. In containers, the landscape or windowboxes this pop of chartreuse color will really add a wow to your garden!
Winecraft Black® - Smokebush - Cotinus coggygria
Winecraft Black is a semi-dwarf smokebush with black-purple foliage that darkens as the season goes on. showy red smoke-like blooms appear in early to mid-summer on a plant that is hardy for zones 4-8. Winecraft Black is also rabbit and deer resistant!
Hippo® Rose - Polka Dot Plant - Hypoestes phyllostachya
Here's a robust foliage plant that will grow in sun or shade, and will also do well when you bring it inside for the winter! Hippo Rose is a robust version of yesterday's polka dot plant...and is easy to grow, and easy to enjoy with strong color, even without a bloom!
Primo® 'Black Pearl' - Coral Bells - Heuchera hybrid
Who loves black foliage? Primo 'Black Pearl' coral bells is the darkest variety you'll find. It looks amazing paired with gold and chartreuse plants in outdoor landscapes and planters. Try it in full sun or shade in zones 4-9.
Ginger Wine® - Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius
Enjoy fabulous foliage color all season with Ginger Wine ninebark. This native shrub starts out sunny orange in spring, then matures to sparkling burgundy before earning its rich orange-red fall color. Blooming clusters of white flowers cover the plant in late spring before turning into bright red seeds. Hardy in zones 3-7.
Prairie Winds® 'Blue Paradise' - Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium
This durable native ornamental grass is beautiful in naturalized landscapes and organic gardens. Once established, it needs little more than sunshine to thrive. Enjoy its cool silvery blue, columnar foliage that turns deep wine purple in fall. Hardy in zones 3-9.