Best Shade Plants for Raised Garden Beds
Growing shade-loving plants using raised garden beds can give you lush corner planters. Flower beds can be planted with a variety of shade-loving plants without worrying about water accumulation and drainage. Why not do it?

When we choose planting varieties, we should imagine what they will look like in four seasons. When we choose a plant, we can't just look at its current state, but imagine what it will look like in autumn and winter.

When we face different shade plants, we should treat them differently. We don't have to think that the place doesn't have sunshine. You feel that this place is not good from the bottom of your heart, so the flowers and plants here are not good-looking. But honestly, every place has its own beauty.

How to distinguish the shade in the garden?

In the garden, whether it is the front yard or the backyard, it is difficult to ensure that every corner can get sunlight. Unless it is a patio, there is no shelter around it. This is a sunny balcony.

The shade gardens are divided into the following categories:

The first category is the ground without sunlight.

This means that the sun cannot be seen all day, and even the scattered light is weak. The reason for a plot without sunlight is that it is surrounded by surrounding buildings or shelters that block sunlight from entering. In such an environment, it is more difficult to plant hydrangea to bloom. Even if it blooms, it only blooms a few flowers.

The second is astigmatism.

Such plots often have no direct light, and if there is, only a small area is illuminated. This is due to foliage blocking most of the direct light, open gardens, diffuse light from above, and diffuse light from surrounding buildings and roads. Hydrangeas will often bloom if planted in a plot with diffused light.

3. Short-day plots (morning sunlight)

The short-day plot refers to the time period with light, which is generally divided into morning and afternoon. When there is light before 10 o'clock in the morning and the temperature is not too high, the light during this time is very precious. Compared with plots with diffused light, the light conditions are much better, and a wider variety of plants can be grown.

4. Short-day plots (sunshine in the afternoon)

This type of plot usually has several hours of direct light from 10 am to dusk. The high temperature and strong light environment in midsummer can easily cause the leaves to die, and even cause fatal effects on plants.

The reason for the shadow:

Shadows are usually formed by buildings, trees, etc. blocking sunlight, and the presence or absence of scattered light directly determines the darkness of the shady environment.

Shade-loving plants:

Primo Wild Rose

Primo wild roses are light-tolerant and shade-loving, suitable for planting in shaded gardens or gardens with low light.

Its beauty lies in its rich colors, including bright red, deep purple, bright yellow, bright yellow, etc., and the leaves have deep and shallow veins. Even within the same species, under different seasons, temperature and light conditions, its color will be different, and the variation is very rich, which is deeply worrying.

Primo wild roses are hardy and grow well at -4°F. Primo wild roses bloom from April to June each year.

Primo wild roses like moist air. If the air is too dry, the edges of the leaves will burn. When the air is dry, you can often spray water around, but not directly on the leaves of the plants. Because it is easy to cause water accumulation in the center of the leaves, causing the whole plant to rot.


Hosta is a very hardy shade-loving plant that can grow in the open air at -4°F.

Hosta plants can actually sense our temperature. The biggest feature is that when the temperature drops, its leaves start to turn yellow, which means that winter is coming. Time to think about how you can help your plants survive the winter.

Hosta generally withers in November. We just need to cut off the wilted leaves with scissors. Requires no special maintenance, fertilization or watering, but provides plenty of light (the metal raised garden bed absorbs most of the heat for the hosta roots) so it won't delay recovery for the coming year.


Coleus is a shade-tolerant plant, but it should not be grown in excessive shade. It is also a sun-loving plant, but it is afraid of direct sunlight. Therefore, it should be properly shaded in late spring and late summer, and the leaves should not be burned by strong light.

Also, Coleus is hardy, but winter minimum temperatures should not drop below 41°F, as too low can cause frostbite or slow growth. It grows at 59°F-77°F.

Spotlight Hydrangea

Spotlight hydrangeas like shade. It is a short-day plant, prefers semi-shade environment, and cannot accept too much sunlight. Usually should be placed in a cool place or indoor astigmatism. Because it does not need strong light, the light time should not be too long a day, and 5 hours of light a day is enough. Keep out of direct sunlight in summer; it may burn the leaves.

The optimum temperature for hydrangea growth is between 64.4°F and 82.4°F. At the same time, it also has good cold resistance. Different varieties have different cold tolerance. Among them, the spotlight hydrangea is the most cold-resistant. Hydrangeas grown in pots are not as hardy as those grown in garden beds, so it is best to move them indoors to a warmer environment.


Astilbe is a perennial herbaceous flower. Plants bloom in warm spring, summer, and fall, while growing directly in soil in winter is fine if temperatures are above 14°F. If the temperature is relatively low, it is best to dig it out and keep it for the next year to continue planting!

When the white flower grass begins to bloom, it should be moved to a cool and ventilated place in time. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the buds to wilt before they open, so keep them in the shade and let them bloom.

After flowering, Astilbe can be enjoyed in a flower pot, or you can cut a few flowers and put them in a bottle as a bouquet.

Without sunlight, the drainage performance will not decrease.

Another reason many people choose not to plant in the shade may be the fear that the absence of sunlight will affect the drainage properties of the soil. If it is planted directly on the ground, the drainage performance will be relatively weak, because there is no sunlight to accelerate water loss, and it is easy to cause rotten roots and yellow leaves. But more often than not, gardeners will opt to use garden boxes to improve drainage.

Although we can also use raised garden beds to improve ground clearance. No matter how many inches of garden bed you use, they are effective at improving soil drainage and air circulation, making them ideal for growing in shade or full sun.


Shade-loving plants in nature actually grow in forests. Falling leaves form natural humus. Natural humus is rich in organic nutrients and the soil is soft. Natural soil can store a certain amount of water and discharge excess water, so the environment is relatively good.

We don't have to worry about what's right to plant in your garden. Some plants may not bloom as much. We should follow the trend, understand the environment, climate, and light of our place of residence, and then choose some plants suitable for our own planting, because only in this way can we get a more beautiful scenery.

Of course, don't waste the corners and shady corners of the yard, make full use of them to create a mysterious garden. A house full of wonders of the world is a good home.