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Plants that Tolerate Shade

One common landscape condition is shade, whether cast by trees, shrubs, or structures.  Shady spots can sometimes be difficult to populate with plants that will thrive without suffering poor flower performance or becoming stunted, leggy, or discolored.

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Partial or Full Shade Plants

First, a selection of herbaceous plants from the database that can tolerate either partial shade (2-4 hours of sunlight per day) or full shade (0-2 hours of sun):

Petunia x atkinsiana

Light Shade Plants

For a wider selection, there are also plants that prefer light shade, or around 4-6 hours of sunlight per day:

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