Big-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

Big-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Common Oak Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

Common Oak Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

Shade Garden

The amount of shade a plant can tolerate varies on its ability to produce carbohydrates through photosythesis at the lower energy levels available to the plant at less light. Shade-tolerant plants are typically more energy efficient and typically more adapted to the more nutrient-rich soils of the woodland floor. Morning light is considered cooler while afternoon light can be considerably hot. A plant's ability to grow and thrive in different soil types and varying levels of light and soil moisture depends on the region in which it evolved over time. Listed below are plants that prefer shade.

Aster, Big-leaved (Eurybia macrophylla)
Aster, Short's (Symphyotrichum shortii)
Beak Grass
(Diarrhena americana)
Beardtongue, Hairy (Penstemon hirsutus)
Brome, Ear-leaved
(Bromus latiglumis)
Brome, Woodland (Bromus pubescens)
Columbine, Wild (Aquilegia canadensis)
Geranium, Wild (Geranium maculatum)
Goldenrod, Blue-stemmed (Solidago caesia)
Goldenrod, Broad-leaved (Solidago flexicaulis)
Goldenrod, Elm-leaved
 
(Solidago ulmifolia)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Jack-in-the-pulpit
(Arisaema triphyllum)
Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans)
Loosestrife, Narrow-leaved (Lysimachia quadriflora)
Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)
Phlox, Woodland (Phlox divaricata)
Reed, Common Wood (Cinna arundinacea)
Saxifrage, Swamp (Saxifraga pensylvanica)
Sedge, Awned Graceful (Carex davisii)
Sedge, Bristly (Carex comosa)
Sedge, Common Bur (Carex grayi)
Sedge, Common Oak (Carex pensylvanica)
Sedge, Common Wood (Carex blanda)
Sedge, Curly-styled Wood (Carex rosea)
Sedge, Grass (Carex jamesii)
Sedge, Purple-sheathed Graceful (Carex gracillima)
Sedge, Spreading Oval (Carex normalis)
Sedge, Straight-styled Wood (Carex radiata)
Snakeroot, White (Ageratina altissima)
Stonecrop, Wild (Sedum ternatum)
Turtlehead
(Chelone glabra)
Two-flowered Cynthia (Krigia biflora)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana)
Waterleaf, Virginia
(Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Wild Rye, Riverbank (Elymus riparius)
Wild Rye, Silky
(Elymus villosus)
Wild Rye, Virginia (Elymus virginicus)