10 Perfect Plants for Your Shade Garden

10 Perfect Plants for Your Shade Garden

Does your garden lack luster? You can transform it into a beautiful space by adding white and silver plants. These colors will make your garden shine and brighten up shady areas. The best part is that these plants are easy to find and low-maintenance. Here are six of the best picks:


Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina)

Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)

This plant is known for its soft, fuzzy leaves that resemble lamb’s ear. The leaves are a beautiful silver color that will add some interest to your shade garden. Lamb’s ear is a resilient plant that is perfect for any gardener, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.


Silver Mound Artemisia (Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’)


As the name suggests, this plant has beautiful silver-colored foliage that is perfect for adding contrast to your garden. The mound-like shape of the plant makes it perfect for filling in gaps in your garden. Silver mound artemisia is a low-maintenance plant that is heat and drought tolerant.


Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus)

Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus)

Goat’s beard is a tall, striking plant that will add height to your shade garden. The white flowers of goat’s beard are delicate and eye-catching. This plant is easy to care for and is deer resistant.


Geranium (Geranium spp.)


Geraniums are a classic garden staple that come in a variety of colors. While most people think of pink when they think of geraniums, there are also white and silver varieties that would look beautiful in your shade garden. Geraniums are easy to grow and make excellent cut flowers.


Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart is a must-have for any shade garden! The heart-shaped flowers of this plant dangle from the stems, making them look like they are bleeding. This plant does best in cool weather and prefers shady areas.


Hosta (Hosta spp.)

Hostas Bloom

If you’re looking for a plant that will add some serious color to your garden, look no further than hostas. There are many different varieties of hostas, but they all have large, gorgeous leaves that come in shades of green, blue, yellow, and white. Hostas also produce beautiful flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white. They’re easy to care for and thrive in shady areas.


Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.)

Hydrangea Varieties

Hydrangeas are another great choice for adding color to your garden. Their large flower heads come in a variety of colors including blue, pink, purple, and white. Hydrangeas prefer partial sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. They’re relatively low-maintenance, but their flowers may fade in hot weather so be sure to provide them with some protection from the sun if you live in a warm climate.


Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Lungworts are perennial plants that produce bell-shaped flowers in shades of blue, pink, or purple. They have attractive foliage that is often variegated or spotted with silver or gray. Lungworts prefer partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. They’re relatively low-maintenance plants that make a great addition to any shade garden.


Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum)

Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum)

Spotted dead nettles are perennial plants that produces small clusters of flowers in shades of pink, purple, or white. They get their name from their leaves which are variegated with silver or gray and have a distinctively mottled appearance. Spotted dead nettles prefer partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. They make an attractive groundcover and are relatively low-maintenance.


Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)

Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)

Siberian bugloss is a perennial plant that produces small blue flowers in springtime. It has large leaves that are variegated with silver or gray and have a furry texture. Siberian bugloss prefers partial shade and moist, humus-rich soil. It’s a relatively low-maintenance plant that makes an attractive groundcover or border plant.