Shade plants have thrilling colors in their foliage. Though they produce rich blooms, that’s not the first thing to look for. It’s the leaves and textures that create the excitement. The list of shade plants is monumental, but I tell people to hunt for native woodlanders since many insects depend on them for survival. Start with a selection of ferns, hostas, and hellebores. All shade plants require the right soil (many only love acid) and excellent drainage with lots of humus in the topsoil.