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Shade-Tolerant Plants

Check out 11 shade-tolerant plants and the planting information for each zone.

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Japanese Painted Fern (5 of 11)

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

  • Deciduous fern with silver-metallic fronds that are tinged with burgundy and purple

  • Plant in average to moist garden soil rich in organic matter

  • Plant in partial to full shade

  • Height: 12-17 inches

  • Width: to 18-24 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 3-8:

  • Zone 3 -- Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; avoid contact with salt; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage after frost; divide in spring every few years.

  • Zone 4 -- Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; avoid contact with salt; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage after frost; divide in spring every few years.

  • Zone 5 -- Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; avoid contact with salt; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage after frost; divide in spring every few years.

  • Zone 6 -- Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage after frost; divide in spring every few years.

  • Zone 7 -- Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in fall; divide in spring every few years.

  • Zone 8 -- Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again in fall; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in fall; divide in spring every few years.

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