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If you walk through a forest or landscape populated densely with trees, notice the wildflowers that grow naturally in the shade. Chances are you will see species that require nearly bog-like conditions to thrive, such as jewelweed, forget-me-not, and cardinal flower. More often, however, you will see flowers that require light shade, adequate moisture, and rich mulch.
You can replicate those conditions in your landscape to create the perfect environment to grow shade-loving flowers. Shade plants usually require less maintenance than their full-sun counterparts since they require less water to grow, and weeds don't grow as fast in shade. One of the best places to grow flowers in the shade is under a large shady tree. Follow these guidelines to grow flowers in the shade:
A frugal gardener will choose flowers that come back each year, but sometimes it is difficult to find perennials that thrive in shade. Some shade-loving perennials are foam flowers, geraniums, primrose, and astilbe. A very hardy flower that not only returns each year and grows in shade, but also produces large, vibrant blooms is the hydrangea. Hydrangeas come in a variety of colors and some species grow to great heights and can form a hedge or wind break.