Whether you want to grow plants inside or outside, it’s important to know what shade loving plants will thrive in your environment. Most people don’t think about this when they buy a new plant because they assume “well, I’m only buying it for indoor use so I’ll put it near a window where there’s sunlight”. But the truth is that not all plants can handle direct sunlight and some need more light than others do. If you’re looking for something that will thrive in low light conditions but still get enough sun to keep its vibrant color then here are some options:
Japanese Painted Fern – This fern is also called Athyrium and grows mostly in the U.S.
Japanese Painted Fern – This fern is also called Athyrium and grows mostly in the U.S. It is a shade loving plant that does not require much water or sun, but needs to be kept moist but not wet. The Japanese painted fern will do well in your home as long as you can provide it with a humid environment.
Begonias – Begonias are from the tropical areas of South and Central America, Africa, and SouthEast Asia.
Begonias are a bedding plant that comes in lots of different colors and requires medium to light shade for growing. Begonias are from the tropical areas of South and Central America, Africa, and SouthEast Asia.
Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants native to the tropics and subtropics including Southern Asia, Africa, Central America, South America (from Brazil to Peru), northern Australia and various islands in the Indian Ocean such as Madagascar. They grow from rhizomes or tubers formed by modified stem tissue (exception being Alocasia macrorrhizos). The rhizomes can be short or long depending on species. Leaves range from entire (smooth edged) to deeply lobed with spiny margins; flowers may be solitary or grouped into sprays with petals usually smaller than sepals but occasionally larger; stamens usually 5-25 per flower head; fruit an achene borne singly on pedicels which may be spreading or reflexed at top.
Impatiens – Impatiens are a bedding plant that comes in lots of different colors and requires medium to light shade for growing.
Impatiens are a bedding plant that comes in lots of different colors and requires medium to light shade for growing. They are from tropical areas, so they do very well in Florida’s warm climate. Impatiens can be used as ground cover or planted in hanging baskets or containers. You can also grow them on your porch or patio if you have just a little bit of light available – but not too much!
Exotic Angel Plant – These plants like medium light or diffused shade and produce flowers year round.
Exotic Angel Plant – These plants like medium light or diffused shade and produce flowers year round. They are also called Angel Wings. They are from South America, but you can grow them in most places of the world. They are easy to grow and usually come with a tag that tells you how much water and fertilizing they need.
They only get about 3 feet high (1m), so they can fit into small spaces easily!
Hostas – Hostas also grow well in partial shade.
Hostas are another plant that does well in partial shade. They are easy to grow and can be planted in the ground or a pot. Hostas will thrive in many types of soil, as long as it is well drained. They also need full sun for at least six hours a day. If you want to keep your hosta looking healthy, it’s important to deadhead (remove old flowers) so they don’t go to seed and start growing new plants that steal the nutrients of your original plant!
Hostas are easy to propagate by division or by taking cuttings from runners that have developed around the base of your existing hosta plants.
Heartleaf Philodendron – Heartleaf philodendron do better in filtered light as opposed to full on shade.
Heartleaf philodendron are epiphytes. If you’ve never heard of this term before, it means that they grow by attaching themselves to another plant or tree. This is why it’s so important to keep them in indirect light and moist soil conditions.
They love lots of water and will thrive if you can give them what they need!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – Peace lilies are easy to grow plants that thrive in the low light conditions they are often kept in, but they will also thrive in bright filtered light too.
Peace lilies are a very easy plant to grow and are a good choice for first-time gardeners. They can tolerate low light conditions but will also thrive in bright indirect light. They thrive in containers and do well indoors, but will do best when allowed to go dormant during the cold winter months. Peace lilies grow best outdoors if you live north of zone 8a.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) – Chinese evergreen is an indoor houseplant that also loves shade places but can handle bright indirect sun too.
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) – Chinese evergreen is an indoor houseplant that also loves shade places but can handle bright indirect sun too. Chinese evergreen is a good choice for a low light area such as a bathroom or other room with little natural light.
Chinese evergreens have broad, oval leaves that are medium green in color, and they spread out at the base of the plant to form a bush-like shape. The flowers are small and white in color. This plant requires very little care and will thrive in low light areas without direct sun exposure. It’s easy to propagate by taking cuttings from existing plants and rooting them in water or soil inside of four weeks after you take them from their mother plant
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) – Snake plants love low light conditions but with filtered sunlight, it will keep its vibrant green color longer.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) – Snake plants love low light conditions but with filtered sunlight, it will keep its vibrant green color longer. These bamboo-like plants are one of the best options for those who don’t have much light in their home and want to grow a low maintenance plant. A lot of people think that snake plants are tough to care for but they’re very easy if you follow these simple steps:
- Place your snake plant at least 6 inches from the window (or even further if you have a north facing window).
- Water your snake plant when the soil is dry to the touch which should be about every 2 weeks or so depending on how much water you give them. Some people like to let their soil dry out completely before watering again while others water more often than that. Experiment with different amounts of water until you find what works best for your particular situation!
Caladiums – Caladiums (also known as Elephant Ears), love partial shade but can’t handle direct sun.
Caladiums – Caladiums (also known as Elephant Ears), love partial shade but can’t handle direct sun. They are tropical plants that need to be kept moist and grow best when they get morning sun or dappled sunlight all day. If you want to grow Caladiums in a pot, place them in a shady area, such as under an arbor or pergola.
So there you have it! We hope that you’ve learned a little about the many plants that love shade, but still require some light. If you have any further questions about these plants or any others please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below!