Lacking Light? Ideas for Shade Plants

Here in British Columbia, the greenery is endless. But with such tall trees, your gardens and shrubs might not be receiving enough light! Here are some ideas for some shade loving plants to grow in even the most shaded yards.  



Impatiens flower

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One of the more attractive annuals, this plant will give you a healthy bloom even in fully shaded areas. 



Sarcococca plant

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“Sweet Box” shrubs grow tall and wide with a white flower bloom that brings black fruits in the summer.  




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A common shrub in British Columbia, this plant can grow to whatever size you desire and can bloom with varying colors depending on your soil. 




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With spectacular floral blooms, this plant can easily survive in the shade while still providing that spring color you’ll fall in love with! 



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A plant that yields white berries (although I wouldn’t recommend eating them – they can be toxic in large quantities)! 

Solomon’s Seals 

Solomon's Seal

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More properly named Polygonatum, this is a flowering plant that grows tall and produces a white floral bloom that droops from the stem. 

Hosta Fortunei ‘Aureomarginata’ 

Hosta Fortunei

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While most Hostas can grow in the shade, this particular one likes all soil types, has beautiful green leaves with yellow edges, and even grows flowers of lavender in the spring. 



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This plant contains gorgeous pink flowers that will liven up your garden! These shade lovers look best when as little sunlight hits it as possible so it retains its moisture. 



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These plants are an absolute staple in the lower mainland. They’ll grow nearly everywhere in this region – even the shaded side of a cliff! They love the shade provided by tall trees, so these are best in areas with lots of trees. 




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The beautiful heart-shaped leaves are, well, the heart of this plant. With green edges and a pink, red or white middle, the leaves of this plant will enhance and spruce up your garden! 




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This ground orchid is easy to take care of and can bloom in several different colors, from white to pink to yellow.  



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An annual that drapes down from its stems instead of blooming up, this plant’s unique bloom attracts not just humans, but Hummingbirds as well! 

Brunnera Macrophylla 

Brunnera Macrophylla

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Also known as ‘Jack Frost’, these perennials bloom with small light blue flowers that decorate the lovely green leaves below it.  


Although these shade loving plants are some of our favourites, there are certainly more that didn’t make our list. Hopefully we’ve inspired you to fill out those shaded areas of your gardens! However, before purchasing any plants you should always consult an expert. No sense in spending money on plants that might not last in your environment. You can always contact Jim’s Mowing to get your local Jim to help purchase and install your new shade loving plants! 

Indoor Growing for Chilly Months: Herbs in the Winter?

Did you know that there are herbs you can actually grow in the winter? There are plenty of hardy winter herbs that are tough enough to survive outdoors with a bit of extra care. Here in British Columbia, most climates are too cold to harvest outdoor herbs but there are still herbs you can grow indoors for those chilly months. These herbs include oregano – which needs the most light, sage, thyme, rosemary, chives, parsley, winter savory, basil, and more. Some of these can be started from scratch indoors while chives or tarragon might be potted better in warmer seasons and transported indoors for the cooler seasons. Fortunately, growing these herbs indoors shouldn’t be much harder than outdoors, as long as your plants receive enough light!  


Which of these herbs are the best?  


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Although oregano is found naturally in warmer climates, it can easily be potted and grown indoors all year round. Just make sure it gets optimal sunlight as this herb needs the most light on this list. 



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Possibly requires the least work to grow and can be grown from seeds. With this herb, you can definitely ‘keep calm and chive on’. 



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 Mint is a very resilient herb, and it spreads fast! So fast that even winter can’t slow it down. 



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As a perennial, rosemary is suitable for growth all year round. Its strong enough to withstand the winter, but you should place this herb right by the oregano as it also needs a lot of light. 



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 A great ingredient for meals to grow in your garden, and they’re low maintenance too! 


Plants and Pots:

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Before you go in to buy your pots, make sure your windowsill is big enough to fit the pots you choose to buy. When choosing your pots, it’s important to remember to use pots with drainage holes – otherwise your plants might rot. Be sure to also place these pots on saucers so your window sill doesn’t get soaked! 


Harvesting Help:

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Whenever you harvest a winter herb, you must make sure not to take too much. It is recommended to take only about one third of the herb or else it will not survive. Keep in mind that growth happens much slower during this time of year! You’ll also want to try to find a window that has as much exposure to the sun as possible to promote optimal growth. However, when transporting chives or tarragon indoors, you’ll want to keep it in a cool area for up to 5 days before you bring them to a bright window. 


Hopefully we here with Jim’s Mowing gave you some inspiration for winter growing to help keep your kitchen fresh even in those cold winter months!