Shade loving plants are perennial plants that love full sun or partial shade. They are great for small spaces because they grow well in containers. Shade loving plants can provide excellent coloration, but they will not tolerate long periods of dryness. Shade loving plants have many uses including decorative accent pieces and landscape accents.
Zone 6 Shade Loved Plants: Growing Shade Plants In Zone 6
The following plants are considered to be some of the best shade loving plants for zones 6 and 7. These plants are highly recommended for any garden space where you want to create a cool area with lots of greenery.
These plants are very easy to grow and require little attention other than regular watering. You may even consider them as a hedge around your home or office!
1. Pothos (Pothis excelsa)
Photo Credit: David Kuehn
Description: Pothos is a perennial plant that grows up to 3 feet tall and wide. It has dark green leaves that are 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch thick. The flowers are white, trumpet shaped, and appear from May through August. The fruit is a yellowish seed pod that contains seeds.
Lighting: Pothos prefer medium-light to high light. However, it can grow in medium-shade, but will only be a few inches tall and wide.
Size: Up to 3 feet tall and wide
Watering: Prefers moist soil, but can tolerate medium-dry soil
Zone: 6, 7 (Can survive Zone 5 with protection)
Sources & references used in this article:
Leaf area accumulation helps juvenile evergreen trees tolerate shade in a temperate rainforest by CH Lusk – Oecologia, 2002 – Springer
Leaf area and growth of juvenile temperate evergreens in low light: species of contrasting shade tolerance change rank during ontogeny by CH Lusk – Functional Ecology, 2004 – Wiley Online Library
Shade tolerance in tree seedlings: II. Growth analysis of plants raised under artificial shade by K Loach – New Phytologist, 1970 – Wiley Online Library