Home of Landscaping Services for Eastern Massachusetts

How to Design Your Backyard- Shade Plants for Massachusetts

Posted by Anne Marie DiMatteo on Thu, Mar 22, 2012

Growing plants in the shade can be a daunting task if not properly thought out. This does not mean you need to hire a professional landscape designer, but it does mean you have to do your research.

All plants have different growing requirements, including, but not limited to: soil type, drainage and of course, light conditions. Depending on your growing zone, the plants that thrive best in shaded gardens vary. Here in Eastern Massachusetts, we grow in Zones 5 & 6, which means we can choose plants that need shade according to both of the zone areas. The Backyard Gardener has a great list of shade plants according to each zone.

We have designed and installed many gardens with plants that thrive in the shade, and these are our 3 favorite shade plants:

1. Diamond Tiara Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Diamond Tiara')- Beautiful lily with bright green foliage, with perfect white edges.plants that need shade

2. Freckles Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia 'Freckles')- Showy clusters of pink flowers with dark purple spots radiating from the center adding beauty to this shrub.

shade plants

3. Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice')- Pink and blue flowers rebloom continuously, spring through fall.

shade plants
Gardens should be delightful to design and install! Enjoy the process and the outcome with a more beautiful outdoor space for all to enjoy!

If you are interested in hiring a professional landscape designer, download our design process guide to better understand the steps you need to take.

Click me

Topics: plants that need shade, best plants for shade gardens, professional landscape designer MA, plants that thrive in the shade, growing plants in the shade, plants for shaded area, shaded gardens

    Subscribe by Email

    Follow Us!


    Download the Lookbook on Custom Landscaping
      Custom Landscape Design

    Browse by Tag