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All plants need sunlight for photosynthesis, but some plants actually perform better in partial shade. If you have shady areas in need of plants, read on!
Partial shade edibles
Most partial shade edibles end up producing more vegetative growth (leaves and stems) than flowers, fruits, roots, and bulbs when given too much sun. These plants prefer a more protected location:
There are even edible plants that can produce food with only 2 - 4 hours of sunlight. The shade-loving plants listed below can also be planted under the shade of taller sun-loving plants. This scaffolding reduces water loss and weed growth, while stabilizing soil temperatures.
Hanging containers and trellising can help some of your plants get the sunlight they need. As always, make sure you take your microclimate and Hardiness Zone into account when selecting plants for your shade garden.
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