Unlike sun-lovers, these plants have adapted to grow and thrive in shady conditions. Most green-leaved ivies grow in shade, if the soil is kept moist. Variegated ivies tend to need more light. H 6 ft m).
Lily of the valley is an old-fashioned perennial with delicate, tiny, bell-shaped flowers. It will grow in the deep shade of large trees and shrubs, and makes a good choice for small spaces. HGTV Gardens' top picks for plants that thrive in the shade.
Jerusalem sage , Pulmonaria saccharata, makes a great groundcover in a shade garden. Its showy, trumpet-shaped blooms go from pink to purple as the plant ages. Grow it under taller trees or shrubs for a fabulous showstopper.
Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is native to woodlands and a shade loving perennial. The name bleeding heart describes the unique flowers, which resemble tiny pink or white hearts with drops of blood at the bottom.