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7 Outdoor Plants That Are Impossible to Kill

If your backyard does not receive much sunlight during the day, it might be difficult to find attractive plants that will grow in the shade. To locate the greatest shade-loving plants, we asked Costa Farms' horticulture, Justin Hancock, for his top recommendations.


"Bring a touch of the tropics to your shaded backyard with the big, beautiful leaves of caladium," he suggests. This plant's arrowhead-shaped leaves are commonly available in shades of red, pink, and white, so you may combine this selection with the other plants in your garden.


If you want a plant that can survive in the north or south, in the sun or in the shade, in a garden bed or in a container garden, go no further than the Persian shield.

Persian Shield

If you have a shaded and dry backyard, hosta is one of the few plants that will thrive there. Hostas, which grow to be around 16 inches tall and 30 inches broad, can help fill space in a low-light landscape.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

"This is a great alternative to grass for a shady spot," Burns said. This free-growing ground cover is like to a velvety carpet in your yard. Once planted, it will spread out across the yard, filling in any blank spots without strangling out the plants that are already there.

Carex Pensylvanica

If your yard happens to be situated in a bright and dry area, choosing plants that will thrive there can be just as difficult as finding shade-surviving varieties. One of Hancock's favorite picks for a drought-prone area is the agave, a low-water succulent that makes a statement anywhere you plant it.


"Think all succulents are spiny? Think again!" Hancock challenges us to reconsider what we think we know about these drought-tolerant plants. "Desert rose looks like a bonsai with a thick, squat trunk and beautiful flamboyant blooms. 

Desert Rose

Even at the height of summer, this low-maintenance plant rarely needs to be watered. And because there is a seemingly endless variety of sedum available, ranging from low-growing groundcovers to upright bloomers


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