Bethany Gislason is an avid gardener who has spent over a decade nurturing perennials. Her passion for gardening has led her to explore new plants and sustainable techniques, resulting in picturesque and enduring gardens. Away from her garden, Bethany is a hiking enthusiast and an ardent reader.
Hey there! It's Emily from Plant Perennial, and I'm here to help you create a beautiful perennial garden that thrives in both full sun and shade. Finding plants that can tolerate both light conditions can be a bit challenging, but don't worry, I've got you covered! Here are some fantastic perennial plants that can handle both full sun and shade:
1. Hostas: These leafy beauties are known for their ability to adapt to various light conditions. While some hosta varieties prefer shade, there are also several that can handle full sun. For full sun areas, consider varieties like 'Sum and Substance' or 'Sun Power.' For shaded spots, go for 'Francee' or 'Patriot.'
2. Heuchera (Coral Bells): These stunning perennials offer a wide range of foliage colors and are perfect for adding a pop of color to your garden. Many heuchera varieties can tolerate both sun and shade. Some great options include 'Palace Purple' for shade and 'Caramel' or 'Obsidian' for full sun.
3. Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra): These delicate, heart-shaped flowers are a classic choice for shady areas. However, some bleeding heart varieties, like 'Luxuriant' and 'King of Hearts,' can handle a bit of sun as well. Just make sure to provide them with some afternoon shade to protect them from intense heat.
4. Astilbe: Known for their feathery plumes of flowers, astilbes are excellent choices for partially shaded areas. They prefer morning sun and afternoon shade, but some varieties, such as 'Fanal' and 'Pumila,' can tolerate full sun as long as they receive enough moisture.
5. Lungwort (Pulmonaria): Lungwort is a charming perennial with unique spotted foliage and pretty flowers. It's a shade-loving plant, but certain varieties, like 'Sissinghurst White' and 'Raspberry Splash,' can handle some sun. Just be sure to provide them with moist soil.
6. Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa): This ornamental grass is perfect for adding texture and movement to your garden. While it thrives in shade, it can also tolerate some morning sun. Varieties like 'Aureola' and 'All Gold' are particularly stunning.
Remember, even though these perennials can tolerate both sun and shade, it's essential to consider the specific light conditions in your garden. Full sun generally refers to at least six hours of direct sunlight, while shade refers to areas with limited direct sunlight. Also, keep in mind that plants may perform differently depending on your climate and soil conditions.
When planting, make sure to provide adequate water and amend the soil with organic matter to improve drainage and fertility. Mulching around the plants will help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
So, there you have it! A list of fabulous perennial plants that can handle both full sun and shade. I hope this helps you create a stunning garden that thrives in any light condition. Happy gardening!