Plants planted under trees will completely change your shady garden.

You can plant anything under the trees: plants with lush leaves or beautiful flowers or ground covers that are easy to care for.

But choosing plants that not only look good, but also can withstand heavy shade, dry soil and intrusive tree roots can be difficult, especially for novice gardeners.

That's why the experts at Gardening Know How have compiled a list of 8 amazing plants that grow under trees.


8 spectacular plants that love shade: fern / Photo: Credits

The fern grows in partial shade and full shade.

In the open air, it gives lush greenery in the shade of any tree.

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from delicate maidenhair ferns to robust ostrich ferns that drape beautifully under trees.

This low-maintenance, shade-tolerant perennial does well in dappled light, and its deep root system allows it to not only compete for water and nutrients, but also withstand fluctuations in moisture levels and soil quality.

Hardy perennial ferns add texture, depth and brightness to any shade garden.

The guest

8 spectacular plants that love shade: guest / Photo: Credits

The guest feels normal in conditions of partial and full shade.

Its flowers attract pollinators.

Growing this plant is a simple solution for complex garden areas.

Hosta adapts to both dry soil and heavy shade and is a favorite among gardeners.

The guests do not need special care even after planting, which makes them one of the best perennials for planting around trees.

Highly prized for its attractive foliage, gosta comes in a wide range of colors, textures and sizes.

With both small and large varieties in green, blue, yellow and variegated colors, these foliage plants add visual interest to any garden.

In addition, guests bloom very well.

Moroznik (cherry tree)

8 spectacular plants that love shade: hellebore / Photo: Credits

Partial light and even full shade are quite suitable for hellebore, which is also resistant to drought.

It is known not only for its resistance to cold, but also for its ability to withstand difficult growing conditions, for example, under the crowns of trees.

Frosts are also popular due to early flowering.

Hellebore flowers come in a variety of shades, including white, pink, purple and green, and many varieties boast intricate patterns and markings.

Plus, their evergreen foliage provides year-round beauty, making them a great choice for any shady spot.


8 spectacular plants that love the shade: epimedium / Photo: Credits

This flower will decorate areas located in partial and full shade.

Goryanka also has evergreen leaves.

It is an often overlooked and underappreciated ground cover plant, even though it is one of the few that can survive and thrive in dry shade.

Epimedium takes root a little slowly, so you should be patient and wait for flowering.

The long clusters of charming flowers range in color from white to yellow and pink, and bloom on delicate-looking heart-shaped leaves that are often intricately patterned and colored.

Dicentra "Bleeding Heart"

8 spectacular plants that love the shade: Dicentra "Bleeding Heart" / Photo: Credits

This plant may look too fragile to thrive in the dry and harsh conditions under the treetops, but these plants are actually very hardy.

Bleeding heart is worth choosing not only for its beautiful leaves and flowers, but also for its unique ability to adapt to less than ideal conditions.

This classic garden plant features unique heart-shaped flowers that hang gently from curved stems.

They are available in shades of pink, white or red and are a great addition to fresh bouquets.

Their fern-like foliage also adds texture and beauty when the plants are not in bloom.

Coral bells

8 spectacular plants that love the shade: coral bells / Photo: Credits

This plant requires a little more light than all the ones mentioned above.

It is also distinguished by a long flowering time.

For stunning foliage, consider planting coral bells.

These leafy plants have a low, mounding shape that makes them easy to place in flower beds around trees.

Shade actually enhances the bright colors of coral bell leaves, but slows growth.

These plants are known for their stunning foliage.

Bell corals are prized for their wide range of colors, including shades of dark green, purple, orange, bronze and bright green.

Their leaves often have unique veining and patterns that add volume to the group of plants under the tree.

In addition, many varieties produce tiny bell-shaped flowers on tall stems in late spring or summer.

Coral bells are also one of the few plants that can grow under black walnut trees that release a toxin known as juglone from their roots.

Aquilegia (eagles)

8 spectacular plants that love the shade: Aquilegia (Eagles) / Photo: Credits

Areas in the sun and partial shade are very fond of aquilegia, the flowers of which attract pollinators.

The flowers are especially beautiful if allowed to grow in shady woodland areas.

Plant them around the tree to create a spectacular garden design.

Aquilegia, known for its attractive fern-like foliage and unusual flowers, adds a whimsical atmosphere to any garden.

They come in different shades, bloom in spring and early summer and add color to dark, shaded corners.

Aquilegia flowers also have great potential as cut flowers.

They are stored in the vase for up to two weeks.

In addition to the charming appearance, the plants are easy to care for.

They do well in average, well-drained soil.

Ayuga (throat)

8 spectacular plants that love the shade: Ayuga / Photo: Credits

Ayuga feels great both in the sun and in the shade.

The plant has evergreen leaves.

Ayuga is a low-growing evergreen groundcover that can grow in the shade of large trees where other plants struggle for survival.

Although Ayuga is easy to grow under trees, this plant can quickly take over an area.

However, the same aggressive nature helps suppress weeds.

So use this plant wisely.

Unlike many perennials that are grown for their flowers, ayuga is prized for its colorful evergreen leaves.

It can be green, bronze, purple or variegated.

In the spring, the ayuga produces small but attractive spike-shaped flowers that pollinators like very much.