The Best Shade Plants for Raised Garden Beds

The Best Shade Plants for Raised Garden Beds

Using raised garden beds for shade-loving plants can provide you with lush corner flower beds. A flower bed can grow a variety of shade-loving plants without worrying about water accumulation and drainage, so why not make good use of it?

When we choose to grow varieties, we should imagine what they will look like in the four seasons. And 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 need to think that there is no sunshine in this place. You feel from the bottom of your heart that this place is not good, so the flowers and plants here are not good-looking. But honestly, every place has its own beauty.

How to distinguish shade in the garden?

In a garden, whether it's a front yard or a back yard, it can be difficult to guarantee that every corner will receive sunlight. Unless it is a patio and there is no shelter around it. This is a sunny balcony.

Shade gardens fall into the following categories:

One is the ground without sunlight.

This means that the sun is not visible 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 hydrangeas to bloom, and even if they bloom, only a few flowers bloom.

The second is astigmatism.

Such plots often have no direct light, and if there is, only a small area is illuminated. This is caused by foliage blocking most of the direct light, open gardens, scattered light from above, and scattered light from surrounding buildings and roads. Hydrangea blooms normally if planted on a plot with astigmatism.

3. Short-day sunshine plots (sunshine in the morning)

Short-day land refers to a period of time with light, generally divided into morning and afternoon. There is light before 10 in the morning, when the temperature is not too high, the light during this time is very precious. Compared to plots with scattered light, the light conditions are much better and there are more types of plants that can be grown.

4. Plots with short-day sunshine (with 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 lead to dead leaves and even have a fatal effect on plants.

Shadow Reason:

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

Shade-loving plants:

Primo Wild Rose

Primo wild roses are light-loving and shade-tolerant, so are suitable for shady gardens or in 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 if it is the same variety, under different seasons, temperatures and light conditions, its color will be different, the changes are very rich, and it is deeply concerned.

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, water can be sprayed around often, but not directly on the leaves of the plants. Because it is easy to cause water to accumulate in the center of the leaves, causing the whole plant to rot.


Hosta is a shade-loving plant that is very hardy and can be grown in the open in -4°F climates.

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. It's time to think about how to help plants survive the winter.

Hosta generally wither in November. We just need to cut off the wilted leaves with scissors. No special maintenance, fertilization, or watering is required, but adequate light is provided (a metal raised garden bed absorbs most of the heat to supply the hosta roots) so that it does not delay recovery in the coming year.


Coleus is a shade tolerant plant, but should not be grown in excessive shade. It is also a sun-loving plant, but it is afraid of direct sunlight. Therefore, in late spring and late summer, it must be properly shaded, and no strong light can cause the leaves to be scorched.

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

Spotlight Hydrangea

Limelight hydrangea loves shade. It is a short-day plant, prefers a semi-shade environment, and cannot accept excessive sunlight. Usually should be placed in the shade or indoor astigmatism. Because it does not require high light, it should not be exposed to light for too long a day, and it is enough to receive 5 hours of light a day. Do not put it in direct sunlight in summer; it will likely burn the leaves.

The optimum temperature for hydrangeas to grow is between 64.4°F and 82.4°F. At the same time, it also has good cold resistance. Different varieties have different cold hardiness. Among them, spotlight hydrangea is the most cold hardy. Hydrangeas grown in pots are less hardy than those grown in garden beds, so it's best to move them indoors to a warmer setting.


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

When Astiligo begins to bloom, it should be moved to a cool and ventilated place in time. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the buds to wilt before they open, so keep them in a shady spot to allow them to bloom.

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

Without sunlight, drainage performance will not diminish.

Another reason many people do not choose to plant in the shade may be the fear that the drainage properties of the soil will be compromised without sunlight. If it is planted directly on the ground, the drainage performance will be relatively weak, because there is no sunlight to accelerate the water loss, which is easy to cause rotten roots and yellow leaves. But more often than not, gardeners choose 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 beds are used, 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. Fallen leaves form natural humus. Natural humus is rich in organic nutrients and the soil is fluffy. Natural soil can store a certain amount of water and discharge excess water, so this environment is quite good.

We don't have to worry about what is right to grow in your garden. Some plants may not bloom as much. We should follow the trend, understand the environment, climate, and light of the place where we live, and then choose some plants that are suitable for our own cultivation, because only in this way can we obtain a more beautiful scenery.

Of course, don't waste yard nooks and corners of shade, make the most of it to create a mysterious garden. A house full of wonders of the world is a good home.

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