Sacramento Landscaping: Recommended Shade Plants

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Sacramento may be one of the best cities for enjoying the outdoors, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t without its issues. One of which is the intense heat. There are summer days that reach 108 degrees, and spending any time outdoors can be a tremendous challenge.

That’s why most homeowners in Northern California make sure that they have some areas of shade in and around their landscape, in order to give themselves a place to sit in the hot sun. Of course, when you have that shade area available, you still want to decorate it with some beautiful plants. The following are some of the plants that thrive in shade in the Sacramento area – plants that we recommend considering for the shaded areas of your new Sacramento landscape.

If you’d also like to learn more about recommended trees and shrubs, check out this page here. Don’t forget to contact Capital Landscape for more information about our landscaping services in Roseville, Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, and more.


  • Astilbe (Astilbe)



  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)


  • Caladium (Caladium bicolor)


  • Fern (Various, including Matteuccia and Osmunda)


  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera)


  • Impatiens (Impatiens)
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum)


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