Slideshow of Our Best Shade Plants

I  know. We all want this in our garden.

New Dawn climbing rose over white picket fence. Kashmir shrub rose in background.

New Dawn climbing rose over white picket fence. Kashmir shrub rose in background.

Rarely do any of our clients make a beeline for the shade houses full of shade perennials. They all linger as they stroll down the full sun perennial Isles where blooms abound and cottage gardens are made.

But hey, we love WNC because of the cooler temperatures, and shady mountain homes. So, cheer up! There's plenty of gardening to be done in the shade, and really, who wants to sweat in the baking sun, anyway? 

Here's a mini-slideshow of shade plants that make gardening in the shade fun. Click on each picture to scroll through and read the description at the bottom of the picture. The descriptions will pop up when you place your cursor on the picture.

This is the smallest of samplings for shade gardeners. There are literally hundreds of wonderful plants to choose from. If you think everyone else is having all the fun in the sun, step into the woodland gardens of shade. You'll never go back, and you'll stay cool.

Written by Cinthia Milner, OSA, garden coach, blog writer.

BB Barns serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, and Tennessee.