Lots of sunlight and regular watering is all you need to make your garden grow, right? Well, not necessarily. It turns out not all greenery worships the sun: While some plants are liable to wither in the shade, others shun direct sunlight—and that’s very good news for that barren shady patch in your outdoor garden. The first step when it comes to adding foliage to a low-light area is to evaluate the type of shade you’re working with. You read that correctly: There are different types of shade.
Dappled shade is the term used to describe areas of consistently spotted sunlight—like a spot that would be sunny if it weren’t lightly shaded by the leaves and branches of a tree. Partial shade, on the other hand, refers to any area that is in the shade for much of the day but gets direct sun for a few hours (usually either in the morning or afternoon). Finally, there’s full shade, which is what you have when something (usually a man-made structure) is blocking out the sun all day long. So, now you know about shade...what’s next? Figuring out the best shade-loving plants for your garden—here are 15 to consider.