This bed showcases the great variety of beautiful native plants that can be grown in the shade. Many are woodland plants that bloom in the spring, utilizing the sunlight that reaches the forest floor before the tree leaves fully open. The front of the bed gets sun part of the day while the back spends most of the day in the shade. There are a variety of ferns that add texture to the beds and some low-growing plants are allowed to spread as ground covers.
To bring some colour and texture to your shady areas, try wild geranium, Virginia bluebells, woodland phlox, columbine, maidenhair fern, Christmas fern, Solomon’s seal, wild ginger, miterwort, foamflower and for especially acidic areas, try bunchberry and wintergreen.