Plants to grow in shady spots

Clivia shade loving

There's plenty of plants that don't mind the shade if you have a shady spot to fill in your garden. Whether it's trees and shrubs, edibles or flowers, we've put together some handy suggestions to help you make the most of your space.

Before planting in your shady spot, ensure that the soil is built up with organic matter such as Tui Compost and Tui Sheep Pellets to improve soil structure. Add a layer of Tui Garden Mix for a base of essential nutrients.



There are options that will produce a decent harvest even if they are shaded during most of the day. Leafy greens especially are quite happy in a cooler, shady location.

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Silverbeet
  • Celery
  • Mizuna
  • Cavolo nero
  • Parsley
  • Mint 

Trees & Shrubs

  • Camellia
  • Rhododendron including vireya 
  • Kalmia
  • Azalea
  • Daphne
  • Clivia
  • Hydrangea
  • Hellebores

Other plants to consider are: liriope, hostas, heuchera, begonia, mondo grass, astilbe, and fuchsia.


  • Impatiens 
  • Pansy 
  • Alyssum
  • Primula
  • Forget-me-nots

Take care to not overwater plants in the shade as they won't take water up as quickly with less sun. 

When should I plant
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Harvest in 30-40 days

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Plants to grow in shady spots Comments

  • What about gardenias in shady spots?

    Marjorie Blaiklock

    • Hi Marjorie, gardenias are great plants for shaded spots in the garden, although they will take some sun, ensure their roots are cool and damp with their heads are in either  early morning or late afternoon sun.


  • Thank you Lianne. I have seen some thriving in shady spots but wanted to be sure before I replant where there are Chilean guavas that didn't bear fruit. I will now go for perfume instead of edible!