SHADE LOVING

These colourful wildflower mixes are shade tolerant and grow well in areas such as at forest edges, the foot of trees, relatively sparse undergrowth, lightly foliated tree-lined driveways, etc.

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There are few things more quintessentially summer than spending an afternoon lounging in the shade of a big, beautiful tree. If you're looking to add some shade-loving plants to your garden this year, look no further! Meadow Flowers Australia is here to help. We have a range of seeds of plants that love to thrive in the shade. Here are some important things to remember when you are choosing shade-loving plants for your garden.


Why keep shade-loving plants in the garden?

Shade-loving plants are an essential part of any garden. Not only do they provide much-needed relief from the heat of the sun, but they also help to create a more diverse and interesting landscape. These plants come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they can add color and texture to your garden. In addition, many of these plants are native to Australia, making them well-suited for use in gardens in this region. Shade-loving plants also tend to be low-maintenance, meaning that they require less water and care than other types of plants. These reasons make it evident that shade-loving plants have a valuable place in the garden. 


Best shade-loving plants

Most gardeners have at least one area in their yard that is shaded for part of the day. Perhaps it is beneath a tree, next to a fence, or in the lee of a building. While many plants need full sun to thrive, there are also a number of beautiful plants that will flourish in shady areas. Here are some of the best shade-loving plants available at Meadow Flowers Australia that you can plant in your garden:


1. Trailing Lobelia

Trailing lobelia gets its name from its distinctive lobed leaves, which are arranged in a trailing pattern. The flowers of the plant are typically blue or purple, although they can also be white or pink. It is a popular choice for gardens and hanging baskets, as it is easy to care for and offers a beautiful display of color. The plant does best in partial shade, and it prefers soil that is moist but well-drained. With proper care, trailing lobelia will bloom from late spring to early fall.


2. Common Poppy

The Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is a species of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family. It is an annual plant growing from 30 to 100 cm tall, with fluted, tear-shaped leaves. The flowers are characterized by their bright red petals (rarely white or pink), striking black center, and delicate, paper-like appearance. The Common Poppy is a widespread weed in Europe and Australia, and its showy flowers make it a popular garden plant. It is often a popular choice for gardens and parks in Australia where there is a significant amount of shade.


3. Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket is a beautiful flowering plant that is part of the mustard family. The flowers of this plant are usually purple, but you may also find shades of white or pink. They bloom in the spring and summer, and the plant can grow up to four feet tall. Dame's Rocket is sometimes mistaken for phlox, but the two plants are not related. While Dame's Rocket is not poisonous, it can be harmful to native ecosystems because it crowds out other plants. Therefore, you should keep it separate from the other plants in your garden.


4. Wood Forget-Me-Not

The scientific name for Wood Forget-Me-Not is Myosotis sylvatica. It is a part of the borage family and got its name because people used to give the flowers to their loved ones before they went off to war, in hopes that they would not forget them. The plant grows to be about 12-24 inches tall. The leaves are oval-shaped with pointed tips and are about 1-2 inches long. The flowers are small and blue and grow in clusters. Wood Forget-Me-Nots typically bloom in May or June and they thrive when they get indirect sunlight, meaning you need to provide shade to allow them to grow properly.



How to care for shade-loving plants?

Shade-loving plants can make your garden look even more beautiful, but they do require special care. The key to success is to create a microclimate that mimics the plant's natural habitat. To do this, it is important to choose the right location and to provide ample moisture.

When selecting a location for shade-loving plants, it is important to consider both the amount of sun and the type of soil. Plants that naturally grow in shaded areas will do best in a spot that receives dappled sunlight or filtered light throughout the day. In terms of soil, it is important to choose a loamy or sandy soil that drains well. Drainage is especially important in shady areas because standing water can quickly lead to fungal diseases.

Meadow Flowers Australia is a great place to start if you are looking for shade-loving plants. We have a wide selection of plants that can thrive in shaded areas, and our staff can explain the best ways to care for these plants. So go on and select the plants that you want to see thrive in your garden.