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Shade-Tolerant Plants

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

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Remote Wood Fern (6 of 11)

Dryopteris remota

  • Semi-evergreen, spreading fern with long fronds that emerge bright green

  • Plant in moist organic soil, water when dry

  • Plant in partial to full shade

  • Height: 24-36 inches

  • Width: 18-24 inches, spreading

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:

  • 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; may be deciduous in this zone; remove dead foliage and divide in spring every few years.

  • Zone 5 -- Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; may be deciduous to semi-evergreen in this zone; remove dead foliage and divide in spring every few years.

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

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