10 Shade-Tolerant Plants for Shady Yards

Heucheras are excellent shade plants known for their variety in leaf color, ranging from silvery and burgundy to purple-black and chartreuse.

Heuchera spp. (Coral Bells):

Lamium is a low, spreading plant with silvery foliage and blooms in shades of purple, pink, red, or white during early summer.

Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle):

Similar to heuchera, Tiarella features matte leaves and bottle-brush-like flowers in white or pale pink. New varieties often showcase burgundy-red leaf veins, adding visual interest.

Tiarella cordifolia (Foamflower):

Pulmonaria is valued for its beautiful silvery foliage, which may be entirely silver, spotted, or splashed with silver. In spring, it produces showy blossoms ranging in color from white to pink and blue.

Pulmonaria spp. (Lungwort):

Known for their colorful flower plumes, astilbe varieties also offer showy foliage in bronze, green, blue, or red hues. With careful selection of varieties with different colors, bloom times.


Most foxgloves are biennials, producing foliage in the first year and flowers in the second. Despite this, they often reseed themselves, ensuring continuous blooms.

Digitalis (Foxglove):

Unlike most grasses, Japanese forest grass thrives in partial shade, displaying cascading foliage in shades of green, gold, or variegated patterns.

Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass):

Primroses are easy-to-grow shade plants available in a wide range of colors and sizes. Varieties like Primula denticulata, also known as drumstick primula.

Primula (Primrose):

Euphorbias like Euphorbia dulcis and Euphorbia polychroma offer colorful foliage and blooms in partial to full shade. Varieties such as 'Bonfire' provide multi-season interest, with vibrant colors and unique textures.

Euphorbia (Spurge):

Alchemilla features pleated leaves that bead water, creating dazzling droplets. Its yellow-green flowers add a pop of color to early summer gardens.

Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle):