Desert Shade Plants
There are many shade plants that thrive in the desert southwest. Below are just a few plants that you can use for that shady spot.
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)- Perennial thrives in up to 7,000-ft. elevations.
This desert shade plant has a yellowish green flower and blooms in late summer.
Can be used as a ground cover under filtered branches from other trees or shrubs.
It likes well drained soil with sun/and shade during the day.
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) - Evergreen groundcover especially in rocky regions.
Small, white flowers and blooms in eary spring. This desert shade plant likes sandy or gravel soil. Does not like hot sun
It also does very well in good shade.
Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia cardifolia) - Perennial Excellent near tall rocks or as a border plant.
Pine and white flowers above the foliage and blooms in spring. Foilage will turn red in the fall
Love full shade and can be used in areas with elevations up to 8,000 feet.
Siberian Bugloss or Forget-me-not - (Brunnera macrophylla) Herbaceous perennial. Likes party shaded area, can be used as a border or ground cover.
Blooms sky blue with yellow center. Leaves will get bigger as blooms die off.
Do NOT keep soil damp.
Desert Shade Shrubs and Plants
Beautiful Mint (Calamintha grandiflora) - Herb Perennial. Likes slightly shaded areas but will thrive in full sun with good water.
Flowers are bright tubular in shape from summer to early fall. Very aromatic with a nice herbal fragrance.
This plant will atract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) - Good as an open shrub plant. When pruned foliage will increase dramatically.
Likes shady conditions. Flower is a golden tubular shape about 1-inch in the spring. Produces fruit that is edible, sort of a raisin type berry. Very low maintenance shrub.
Tolerates alkalaine type soil. Attractive plant from spring through fall.
Lamb's Ear (Stachys lanata byzantina) - Can be used as a contrast plant for other green foliage.
Has beautiful stark colors in perennial beds. Leaves are white 4-8 inches high, velvety texture.
Likes good drainage especially in the winter. Thrives in full sun or light shade.
Small star shaped flowers.
Stonecrop (Sedum spurium) - Evergreen succulent excellent ground cover. Greenish color in early summer turns into red during winter.
Tolerates full sun partial shade and heat. Does well around rocks or a path. Moderate watering and moderately fast grower.
Aucuba (Aucuba japonica) -
Is a broadleaved evergreen and needs lots of shade. Slow growing in southern New Mexico. Needs water and rich soil. Good for Patios or Courtyards.
Excellent plant for that all day shady spot.
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