If you are at a loss with what to do with the shady areas of your landscape, not to worry. There are plenty of shade-loving plants that thrive in North Carolina weather and soil conditions. Whether you want to add greenery and shrubs or pops of color throughout the year, here are some options to consider.


Hostas are one of the most popular perennials because they offer the best of all worlds. They can grow in practically any climate zone, they do great in shady landscapes, and they produce both fragrant and colorful blooms and large, patterned leaves. There are also a wide variety of hostas so that you can choose the right size, texture, and color combination for your home. 


Carex is one of few ornamental types of grass that do well in the shade. The long blades display different hues of green and gold for a beautiful shade-loving plant. They are especially useful in adding texture and color around the garden and path edges.   


To enjoy some spring color, plant astilbe in your shady spots. These flowering plants grow to a height of about 16” and come in a wide range of color options so you can mix and match as much as you want. 


North Carolina has a long list of native ferns that love the shade. This type of plant also comes in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Once you start exploring ferns, you may be surprised to see just how many there are. Best of all, they can add plenty of color and interest to your landscape. 


The great part about daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs is that you can plant them in the fall, forget about them, and then enjoy their color as a sign of spring. Daffodils do especially well in shady areas and are deer resistant, so you don’t have to worry about them surviving the winter. 

Not every plant enjoys lots of direct sunlight, which is good news if you have shady corners in different areas of your landscape. There are plenty of shade-loving plants that will allow you to get creative when it comes to mixing colors and textures. For more ideas and help with creating the perfect landscape, contact JT’s Landscaping and Lawncare today.