What grows well in the shade

Vegetables for the shade: Our top 10 overview

Not a sun garden, but a shady spot? No problem - these ten vegetables also grow in the shade wonderful.

Above all, plants need one thing: light! Tomato, cucumber or zucchini - these popular garden plants just can't get enough brightness. But what if your own garden is not kissed by the sun? Don't worry, you don't have to do without gardening: with the right choice of plants, even shady gardens can become a true plant paradise. We'll show you ten types of vegetables that also thrive in the shade.


You can find more detailed information on the preferences of the following vegetables in the respective specialist articles, which we have already linked for you.

10. Spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is not only tasty, but also very robust: Cold and shade are no problem at all for Popeye's favorite plant. In fact, the opposite is the case: when there is too much sun and heat, spinach shoots quickly, bears flowers and begins to taste tart. Therefore, a spot in the shade for the green vegetables is a good choice. With a little care and regular watering, the spinach thrives here without any problems. However, it grows a little slower in the shade than in the sun, which in no way affects its good taste.

9. Kohlrabi

Whether as raw food, cooked or fried - kohlrabi is and remains simply delicious. And the cabbage vegetables are also easy to grow: fast-growing and robust, they have won the hearts of many a gardener. If the plant has enough nutrients and water, it will grow perfectly even in the shade. Kohlrabi is also very healthy: with lots of protein, vitamins and minerals, they are an ideal source of nutrients.

8. Radishes

If you are looking for a perfect vegetable for beginners, you will come across radishes (Raphanus savitus var. savitus) not over: The little pink tuber is not only easy to grow, but also very robust and also grows quickly. A partially shaded spot is ideal for the radish, but it also thrives in the shade without any problems. In other respects, too, the tuber is one of the undemanding vegetables. However, one should note that radishes from the shade are a little hotter and more aromatic than their conspecifics in partially shaded locations. The reason for this are mustard oils, which increasingly collect in the tuber when it grows more slowly. So if you like a more intense taste, you should sow your radishes in the shade next time.

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7. Swiss chard

Healthy, tasty and also decorative - Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) is a real all-rounder in the bed with its colorful stems. And his demands on the location are just as varied as he is. In fact, Swiss chard grows best in a sunny spot - but that doesn't mean it dies in the shade. Mangold tolerates a shady location surprisingly well. He just needs a little more time than his colleagues in the sun to be ready for harvest.

6. Peas

Small, green and round - peas (Pisum sativum) are not only popular vegetables with children. The pea is also popular with gardeners, after all, the plants are relatively easy to care for and even improve the soil, as they ensure a higher nitrogen content. Peas are also relatively robust: They grow just as well in the sun as they do in (semi) shade. However, if you are growing in the shade, you should be careful not to water it too often. After all, not so much water evaporates in the shade and excessive watering can quickly lead to waterlogging, which the pea cannot tolerate.

5. Beetroot

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) should not be missing in any garden, after all, it is one of the healthiest vegetables of all. The cultivation of beetroot is anything but difficult: Robust and easy to care for, beetroot is also suitable for beginners. So it does not have high demands on its soil or location - it grows both in full sun and in the shade. Planted in spring, the beetroot can be harvested just before the first frost and usually stored over the winter without any problems.

4. Cauliflower

The cauliflower (Brassica oleracera var. botrytis) is probably one of the most popular types of cabbage, which it owes primarily to its good taste, but also to its diversity in preparation. Cauliflower can also be grown in the garden. The seedlings can be planted in the bed from April to the end of June and are ready for the pot eight to twelve weeks later. Although cauliflower thrives best with lots of light, it also grows easily in the shade (albeit a little slower). In addition, a place in the shade protects the sensitive white heads of the cauliflower from unsightly sunburn, which can quickly form in strong sunlight.

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3. Broccoli

Nobody else is so closely related to cauliflower - so it's no wonder that broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italic) grows excellently in the shade. The vegetables are easy to care for and robust and can be grown in almost any garden. It just needs some fertilizer and water regularly to grow properly. After seven weeks, the broccoli is ripe for the harvest and not only delights our palate, but is also very healthy. You can learn more about harvesting broccoli in this article.

2. Salad

It is the beginner vegetable par excellence: lettuce is robust, grows quickly and does not need a lot of care. At the same time, nowhere else do you get the green leaves as fresh and crisp as from your own cultivation. Asian and lamb's lettuce in particular, but also rocket and lettuce can be grown in the shade without any problems. Especially in summer, a shady spot is recommended for the delicious leafy vegetables: otherwise there is a risk that the salad will start to shoot in the hot midday heat.

1. Brussels sprouts

What takes a long time is finally good - growing Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera) is not for the impatient. The seedlings are usually planted in April, but they cannot be harvested until autumn or even winter. But if you can be patient, you will be rewarded with delicious florets in the end. In fact, Brussels sprouts can be safely planted in the shade. A place in the shade even has advantages when growing Brussels sprouts: The vegetables do not tolerate heat particularly well and are therefore particularly happy about the coolness of a shadow place in summer.

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I am a student of agricultural sciences and a real village child. At home I have a small vegetable garden that I tend and look after, and I prefer to spend the time outside. When I'm not outdoors, I love to write. My love is not only for plants and writing, but also especially for the animal world.
Favorite fruit: currants and raspberries.
Favorite vegetables: salsify, savoy cabbage and potatoes.