Shadow plants for terraces that are not sunny: which plants thrive best there?

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Terrace design with shadow plants: when and how does it work?

Before you begin with the design of your terrace, in most cases you do not always have the ideal conditions for all the concepts you want. The main obstacles for the unfolding of one's own wishes are, first, the lack of space and, secondly, insufficient sunlight.

Even under these circumstances, one desires so much to be able to create from its small terrace a small green oasis. Take courage, not everything is lost here! You can also set up the shady terrace. For this to work, you need suitable plants. You can also achieve exactly the desired effect in the shade.

Shadow plants beautify the dimly lit terrace

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Shadow Plants - The Klivie is a beautiful shade-loving plant

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When exactly do you need plants that like the shade?

There are many different circumstances in which you use the shade plants should pick for your terrace design. For example, if your entire terrace is shaded and never receives direct light or is sunlit for less than an hour a day.

The shade-loving plants also have beautiful flowers

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shade plants you also need in large premises. Sometimes the sun is not able to reach all corners on wider terraces. Then you will need some plants for shade-loving plants again.

The variety of shade plants

If you are sad that you are only with shade plants "Contentment", then you probably do not know the diversity of these. There are many different species and we claim - there is something for every taste. There are those with great leaves, there are others that show great flowers, and last but not least, there are also shade-loving climbing and hanging plants.

The shade-loving plants show a multi-faceted variety of leaves, flowers and colors

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The level of darkness

Not at all shade plants is it that they can endure the complete darkness. There are different gradations. For many species, you need to provide artificial indoor lighting so the plants can survive.

Species that feel comfortable in indirect light

Let's start with the most common species that can spice up your patio design in indirect light. These are Spathiphyllum, Gardenia, African Violet (Saintpaulia), Vriesea, Flamingo Flower (Anthurium), Klivien (Clivia).

Flamingo flower

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Gardenia crossing

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African violets

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Beautiful plants for the dark corners

The dark corners of the terrace design can not only be illuminated with color and lights. There are also a number of flashy plants that thrive well without much access to light. They do not only fit very well on the terrace. Incidentally, there is talk of some of the most beautiful shade-loving plants. These are e.g. Three-masted flowers (Tradescantia), golden oranges (Aucuba), Fittonia, Aglaonema, maidenhair fern (Adiantum). Many of these species are able to survive only under artificial light.


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gold oranges

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Palm trees, shrubs and larger plants

Palm trees, shrubs and other larger plant species are also suitable for terrace design. When choosing these you should first pay special attention to the leaves. The darker they are, the better they can tolerate the shadow. Depending on the size of your terrace, such plants may prove to be the ideal solution for the design. They ensure a strong presence and serve as exciting eye-catchers. Some of the most common species are dragon tree (Dracaena), window leaves (Monstera), Ficus, Rhapis.

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hanging plants

No matter how big or small your patio is, there is certainly plenty of room for hanging plants. They can be wonderfully combined with others. Hanging plants create fabulous green scenes. Choose for example Philodendrons (Philodendron), Scindapsus, Syngonium. Most of the variations are not very demanding and require relatively little light.


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Combine the different plants so that they either serve as background or as accents in terrace design.

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