Red Amongst the Green
At Pinecrest Gardens, we have a few plants which flower with nice red colors, even in the shade. For heavy shade, plants in the Shrimp Plant Family ( Acanthaceae) rule the forest with flashy flowers and colorful bracts. One of our favorites is the Cardinals Guard plant. It grows best in bright filtered light, but can perform even in very low light. Its crimson flowers are a welcome contrast to waves of green foliage in a forest landscape.
There are numerous species in the Lily Family that can add color to your garden, including the venerable Amaryllis group. Although they grow best in very bright light, they can still flower in shade conditions under a tree. In slightly cooler climates, Sprekelia formosissima is a scarlet flag that portends Spring. Many Hippeastrum hybrids are excellent garden plants in mild climates, or as container specimens in colder climates. There are myriad cacti and succulents that grow well as hanging basket plants, and some grow fairly well in a shade garden, such as Epiphyllum, which grows on an oak tree branch in our front entrance here at the Gardens.