Outdoor shade plants

Ferns in their natural habitat

When we have a garden that little by little is running out of sunny corners, a question comes to mind: What shade plants do I put in? And it is that, we are not going to deny it, we do not like too much that there are empty areas. Even the most orderly of gardens has some corners where green life does not follow any order or rule.

Fortunately for us, there are many that we can use to fill. Proof of this is this very special article. Don’t miss it .

Maple palmate

A palm tree grows up

The japanese maples they are shrubs or deciduous trees originating in Asia that attract the eyes of everyone who passes by. Its size, its elegance, the patterned shape of its leaves and the color they acquire during the fall, have made more than one and more than two of us get hold of the odd specimen still and knowing that they can only be grown without complications in temperate climates. and with an acid garden soil.

If you have it, then do not hesitate to plant a specimen in your field, in a place where it does not get direct sun, and water it with rainwater or without lime in a moderate way: 3 or 4 times a week in summer and every 4 -6 days the rest of the year. Don’t worry about the cold: supports up to -15ºC; but the heat (temperature over 30ºC) affects it a lot.


Pink flower camellia

Camellia is an evergreen shrub native to East Asia that reaches a height of about 3-4 meters. Its flowers, which can sprout at any time of the year except summer, although they do not have any aroma, they are so beautiful that it is a joy to see them, since there are simple, double, and colors that go from white to red, they can also be bicolor.

To be well it needs to be in semi-shade, growing in acidic soils (pH 4 to 6), and receive rainwater or without lime. It resists frosts down to -5ºC.


Chamaedorea nutckeimii specimen

Chamaedorea nutckeimii

The Chamaedorea are generally small palm trees, which do not exceed 5 meters except the C. radical that live in the shade of tall plants. They are little plants that have pinnate or whole leaves, sometimes feathery in shape, that look great in corners where the sunlight does not finish well.

Its maintenance is very simple, because They only need to be protected from the king star, watered two or three times a week, and paid in spring and summer with specific fertilizers for palm trees. following the instructions specified on the package. If we talk about their rusticity, they bear well the cold and frosts down to -3ºC.


Adult specimen of Dioon spinulosum

Dioon spinulous

Dioon are plants that have existed since before the appearance of the dinosaurs, for more than 300 million years. While they look a lot like the palmsIn fact, the latter are modern (they began their evolution more than 100 million years ago). With a more or less straight trunk up to 2-3 meters high crowned by pinnate leaves of a length of 2 meters, the Dioon are wonderful and rustic jewels that can be grown in a wide variety of climates.

All they need is to be in semi-shade, and some other weekly watering throughout the year. They withstand frosts down to -5ºC well.


Hebe 'Waireka' specimen

The hebe or veronicas are evergreen shrubs native to New Zealand that grow to a maximum height of 1 meter. They can have green or variegated leaves depending on the species or cultivar, and very striking inflorescences of white, purple or red color that appear in early summer.

They are plants to which they do not like intense frosts, excessive heat of more than 30ºC or dryness. For this reason, it is only recommended to grow outdoors, in semi-shade, in areas with a warm-temperate climate.


Fern of Nephrolepsis exaltata

exalted nephrolepsis

The ferns are primitive plants that have lived on planet Earth for more than 300 million years. Used to growing up in shady places, can (and indeed should) be planted under the branches of trees or other tall plants in order that they can develop without having any problem.

There are a great variety of species, some arborescent, so that its rusticity varies greatly depending on its origin and evolution. Thus, for example, those of the Nepholepsis genus resist up to -3ºC, but the Pteris have a hard time with temperatures below -1ºC. Of course, regardless of the species, you have to water them frequently because otherwise they will not prosper.


Cymbidium 'Kirby Lesh' flowers

Cymbidium ‘Kirby Lesh’

Orchids are plants that are generally considered indoor. Being native to places with a tropical climate, They cannot be grown outdoors in climates where temperatures drop below 5ºC.. But if you are lucky enough to live in an area with a microclimate, then you can grow them without having too many difficulties.

Put them on the trees, or on the ground if they are land, and water them with rainwater or lime free whenever necessary. They are sure to get gorgeous.


Beautiful flower of Paeonia rockii

Our peonies They are rhizomatous plants that originate from China that are planted in autumn so that they can bloom in spring. With a height of 30 centimeters and large and fragrant flowerswhich give off a pleasant aroma, they can be a perfect option to give color and aroma to that shady corner that you have in the garden.

Water it three or four times a week and fertilize it while it is blooming with fertilizers, preferably organic, such as guano, manure or humus.


Rhus typhina flowers and leaves

He is known as Virginia sumac, is a deciduous tree native to North America that reaches a height of 10 meters. Its leaves are odd-pinnate, alternate, green in color that turn reddish-orange in autumn. It is an all-terrain plant that can be grown both in full sun and in semi-shade, but in hot climates – such as the Mediterranean – it thrives better if it is protected from the sun.

It must be watered frequently, preventing the soil from puddling. Regarding its resistance to cold, it must be said that holds well up to -12ºC.

And now, a question, which of these plants did you like the most? Do you know others?

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