Shade perennials are plants that provide a continual supply of protection from the sun and thus are great for any type of landscaping with flowers. These plants will stay in bloom year-round, even in areas where the sun is shaded by trees or other cover. Some species of shade perennials, such as Dogwood or Phlox, do well in shady areas. Others, such as Fennel, attract birds and butterflies to the garden. Many such as the Shasta Blue, bloom in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade or being partially shaded.
The Zone Four plantings are most effective when planting as single specimens. You can grow them together in groups of two to five plants, with one specimen per group. In a sunny area, such as a southern setting, Shasta Blue, Red Cardinal flower, and Black Eyed Susans can form a spectacular display. When planted as a single specimen, they will produce flowers and foliage that are very colorful. The flowers are yellow to orange, with a fuchsia fissure. Each plant has white or red leaves, and blooms in full sun.
This is a landscaping with flowers that is beautiful, durable, and hardy. It is resistant to frost, diseases, and some pests, and can survive on low fertility soil. In full sun, it will bloom from spring through fall.
Planting this type of flower in a sunny area produces flowers that are small, which are better seen in a flower garden. It can tolerate some shade, but it prefers full sun. It will create a show with Red Cardinal flower and Black-Eyed Susan.
A sun-loving plant, Lobelia grows well in full sun. It is a perennial herb, with compact leaves, and flowers that range from purple to lavender. They can grow up to three feet tall, and flowers look like evergreen pinecones. In Full Shade Zone 4, the Lobelia plants thrive and so do their leaves and flowers.
Lobelia can be grown in almost any acidic soil, and is an excellent drought tolerant plant. This makes it perfect for Mediterranean gardens. While the foliage and flowers are best enjoyed when growing in full sun, they also do well in partial shade. It can tolerate some shade, and prefers well drained soils. It does not do well in drought areas.
This is another great plant for full sun. The taller and heavier foliage helps block winds and keeps the lower ground temperatures cooler. It does not grow fast, and does best in soils that are slightly acidic. As a bonus, it flowers lavender-like. The White-facedlets are pretty, with purple and white petals.
These are the last two plants I have for you. Both do well in shaded areas, and they do equally well in shady or sunny shades. Both are excellent choices. Good luck, and check back often for more tips and information on shade-loving plants.
We have Desert Zones and Shade Zones, just like the name indicates. Desert Zones has plants that do well in full sun, even though they may prefer shaded areas. Shade zones have plants that do better in more shady conditions. They will also grow better in the shade because of the moisture level and lower temperatures.
All three are good choices, as long as you are looking for plants that do well in your area. If you live in a colder climate, then you may want to choose plants that can handle the cold weather. Most desert plants and shrubs should do fine in temperatures between eighty and ten degrees Fahrenheit. Shrubs can do well up to ninety degrees, and flower buds can even handle temperatures in the hundred-degree range. So, if you live in a colder climate, you should consider planting shade tolerant plants.
In full sun areas, Desert Zones plant varieties that can tolerate the heat and tolerate direct sunlight, while shade zone perennials should only be planted in shaded areas. You can plant these types of plants in a variety of ways. You can place them in groups, or group them by color, or shape, or even by size. Some flower plants prefer the tall position, while others prefer the short position. The plant shape should be considered when planting in shaded areas.
When planting in groups, make sure there are flowers of different colors. Plant all of your colors at the same height. When you group them, make sure to follow the bloom time and do not plant them too far apart. It would be best to place them about one foot apart. This will ensure that you get an even amount of color all throughout your flower bed.