Solomon's Seal & Other Plants Perfect for Your Shade Garden

by Tracey Lizza 05/08/2022

A shaded yard or garden space might seem like a challenge. However, there are many plants like Solomon's seal that prefer partial to full shade. If you're searching for plants to fill your shaded garden, here are some suggestions to consider:

Solomon's Seal

Solomon's seal plants have long, arching vines with rows of hanging flowers resembling tiny lanterns. This shade-loving plant also loves plenty of moisture and will thrive in cool, damp gardens. There are over 60 different varieties of the plant with different foliage and flower colors to fit your specific taste.


Periwinkle, also called "creeping myrtle," is an excellent ground cover for shady areas. It's a popular choice of plant for underneath large trees where lawn grasses wouldn't get enough sunlight. Periwinkle vines spread rapidly across the ground and produce purple star-shaped flowers. One important thing to note is that this shade-loving plant is considered invasive in certain regions, so take measures to keep it contained to your own property.


Hostas are a staple for shaded gardens and yards. While they don't bloom, there are dozens of species with an entire rainbow of foliage colors. You can find hostas in bold colors like chartreuse and deep blue. There is also a wide range of leaf sizes among the many types of hosta, from coin-sized leaves to foliage more than a foot across.


If you're searching for trees to plant in your shaded garden, consider hemlock. These trees can grow anywhere from 40 to 70 feet tall, but can be contained to smaller sizes if pruned regularly. Hemlock requires some specific conditions to flourish. Particularly, the plant needs well-draining soil and the lack of drought or heavy winds. Hemlock are a great choice for regions with temperate, wet weather.

Climbing Hydrangea

While most thing of hydrangea as a full-sun flower, the climbing variety loves the shade. You can use it as a flowering ground cover, or train the vines to climb walls or trellises. Climbing hydrangea vines can reach over 60 feet long and become very heavy, so providing a sturdy structure is key if you want the plant to climb.

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Tracey Lizza

 TRACEY LIZZA - Buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. Tracey is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service with total discretion for all of her clients. She takes great pride in the relationships she builds and always works relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals. Tracey places a high value on responsiveness and availability. She works with her clients every step of the way whether they are buying, renting or selling. A career as a real estate professional has been a perfect fit for Tracey. She has had a varied background in the marketing communications field including having worked in the international fashion industry as a buyer for over a decade. Combined with a personal selection of residential and commercial properties, Tracey brings her expertise along with firsthand experience. Tracey and her family enjoy the Shoreline lifestyle of Southeastern Connecticut and have garnered great pleasure volunteering and being active in her community and children’s schools. Tracey interests include gardening, fishing and boating. 

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