Shade Garden

What is a Shade Garden?

Do you have a shady yard or a shady area in your yard where you would like to grow an attractive garden? There are many native perennials, trees and shrubs that thrive in areas that receive less than two hours of direct sunlight daily.

Click the map below to see a selection of native plants that are made for the shade! Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS database to view images and learn more about each plant.



Click on the image above to download a PDF version of this map of the Shade Garden on display at Jakes Branch County Park.

Download the following resources to learn more about the benefits of native plants, as well as the sun, water and soil conditions Barnegat Bay Watershed (Ocean County) natives prefer:

Going Native: Landscaping with Native Plants in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

“Bayscape for Barnegat Bay”


Pocket Shade Garden, May 2014.

Pocket Shade Garden, May 2014.

The demonstration shade garden at Jakes Branch.

Normal conditions in the shade pocket garden.

Inkberry holly stays green all year long.

Inkberry holly stays green all year long.


SHIP Project Web Pages:


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SHIP Resource Library

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002