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My family is looking to start a garden, and we do have a spot in our Front Yard that is almost always subject to complete shade. Are there any good plants to grow in this? 


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,027
    Yes - there are loads of plants suitable for shade. :) Can you give us more info - size of the area, dry or wet shade, type of soil, tall or low growing plants?
    A photo would help too if you can. The icon that looks like a mountain on a postcard is the one for uploading  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 1,440
    edited 6 October

    As Fairygirl says loads of plants!
    Are you in the USA as front yard isn't normally a phrase used here?
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast East YorkshirePosts: 660
    Slightly surprised that @Hostafan1 hasn't chipped in already 😉 but hostas and ferns are a great starting point, dependant on conditions mind. There are plenty of evergreen ferns that will keep looking good all year. 
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,109
    The darker shades of Heuchera are also a good bet as is Epimedium, Ajuga and also Solomons seal ( can't think of the correct name ).  Some Cyclamen will do also.
    Actually, some will depend whether you have damp or dry shade.
  • K67 said:

    As Fairygirl says loads of plants!
    Are you in the USA as front yard isn't normally a phrase used here?
    Yes, I happen to live in the USA. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,809
    edited 18 October
    Hi @elihicrowley7h3ZV9d1 😊

    As has been said, in fact order to answer your query we need more information ... whereabouts in the USA is your garden (climate zone etc), the type of soil you have (acid or alkali, clay/loam/sand etc,) and whether the shade is total or partial and whether it’s damp shade or dry?

    As has been suggested, a photo or two of the garden would help us to help you. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,019
    One of my favourite plants in our garden is Dodecatheon pulchellum.  It hails from North America, so hopefully might be suitable for your location.  It prefers reliably moist soil, and can take some sun.  There are also some beautiful ferns.  Some of the evergreen ones are wonderful (Dryopteris erythrosora, Cyrtomium fortunei, Polystichum setiferum).
  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 465
    I have a 21" gorgeous pot of Foxtail Fern in my shady garden.  It thrives when it gets lots of water.  My coral waxleaf begonias love it out in my shady garden, too. They only get maybe 30 minutes of morning sun if they are lucky:  
    The Creeping Jenny in this pot has died off from heat and the begonias have taken over the space to fill the pot with color now. :)

    My low-carb recipe
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