When you decide to plant flowers and plants in your yard, you may want to bring in plants that are perfect for shade. Not only will they help to beautify your lawn and yard, they will also help to attract insects like bees, as well as butterflies and even hummingbirds. All of these creatures are having trouble these days thanks to habitat loss, so anything we can do to help them is a good idea.
- Hosta: This perennial is very long-lived and one of the best shade plants. It is widely chosen by planters because of its green, blue, cream and white colors. It also produces tall lavender and white flowers in the mid-summer. It does great in USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9. such as Atlanta Georgia or Nashville Tennessee.
- Hellebore: With cream, white, pink, maroon, rose and green flowers that appear in the early winter and continue until spring, they are loved by those who plant flowers in their yard. Their evergreen foliage is attractive throughout the year, and the plant does best in a shady slope where the flowers can be appreciated from below. Best for USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9, such as Tampa Florida, or St Petersburg Florida.
- Bleeding hearts: A widely used and planted flower, their dangling hearts are perfect for any flower lover and they require little to no maintenance. This plant needs to be in a wind-free area, and in rich soil that is well-drained. One thing to consider is that the foliage is very nice, but rather short-lived. Best in hardiness zones of two to nine.
- Japanese painted fern: An excellent addition to any shade garden, this plant has glowing pewter and green fronds with red and purple stems. The plant needs moist soil and can handle some sun during the day if the soil stays consistently moist. The best USDA Hardiness Zones are three to eight.
- Ajuga: This is a fast-growing ground cover that has low foliage and flower spikes in pink, white and lavender. These need to be planted about one foot to a foot and a half apart. The hardiness zones for this range from four to ten.
- Astilbe: This perennial is very low-maintenance, and excellent for any shade garden that has moist and well-drained soil. In the spring, there are feathery plumes of pink, white and red with light green foliage. Plants need to be planted in masses for best impact. The best USDA Hardiness Zones for this plant are three to eight.
This is just one way that you can make your lawn even better.
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