If you want to create a shade garden, then, there are several different types of shade garden plants that you can choose. Hosta, impatiens, and bleeding heart are just a few of shade garden plants that provide color and interest to shady areas. All are extremely easy to grow, require little care, and can be good choices for those who are gardening beginners. Perennial hostas are perhaps the most common plants for shade gardens and are one of the best low-light plants. There are hundreds of cultivars and all are grown for their large and often multicolored leaves. The hosta flowers are lavender or white, and look like small lilies, growing up tall stalks above the foliage. Hostas are not picky about soil type, though they do prefer good drainage and will tolerate drought.
Impatiens are annuals or tender perennials that will usually need to replanted each year in the shade garden, although they will occasionally reseed themselves. The most common type are bedding impatiens, most of which grow only 5 or 6 inches. On the other hand, bleeding heart is another shade garden plants that is old fashioned, heirloom plants that is very hardy and long lived. This species has darker pink flowers resembling tiny pants, which is why it has been given the nickname Dutchman’s breeches.