Shade Plants – 10 Plants That Don't Need Sun – Bob Vila
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyeranus). Shimmering purple foliage with deep purplish-green veins on a vigorous sprawling perennial. A striking shade loving plant excellent for mixed containers. Reliably root hardy in zone 8B. Outdoor Light: Light shade, Part shade, AM sun Average Mature Plant Size: 4-5’H x 5’W
Bedding Impatiens, which are the kind you find in every nursery in six packs and lots of colors. While these are annuals and die back each winter, they perform better than any other flowering shade plant. They are tender, so be sure not to plant them too early…Wait until the soil starts to warm. Planting them when it’s still cold can stunt them. Also, they need moisture and are heavy feeders. Cut them back by a third if they start to get leggy, and give them a dose of liquid fertilizer.