20 colorful plants for shade gardens

Plant some of these beauties for great garden color, even in shade

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geranium cranesbill
Photo via Monrovia

Geranium cranesbill

True geraniums—which make fluffy little mounds of foliage and small flowers in white or shades of pink or blue—thrive in the light shade of high trees.

At Sunset headquarters, we grow G. x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’, which has white blooms with a pale pink blush in late spring and early summer, in a bed under a shapely oak (it doesn’t need much water).

Other pretty choices include G. cinereum ‘Ballerina’ (pink flowers), ‘Brookside’ (blue flowers), and ‘Jolly Bee’ (blue flowers).

Zones 1–24.

More: Geraniums in the Sunset Plant Finder


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