Garden Plans: Vegetables That Grow in Partial Shade

Shady Vegetable Garden Plans


Lettuce and beets grow well in partial shade.

Lettuce and beetroot photo by Pixabay

Not all of us are blessed with a sunny gardening space! Gardeners with more shade than sun need to adapt accordingly by planting the right veggies. Check out these garden plans for partial shade and grow the best vegetables possible!

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Shade-Tolerant Vegetables

Most vegetables and herbs require at least six hours of sunlight a day to grow, but some plants will tolerate partial shade. Great shade-tolerant vegetables include:

Garden Plans for Partial Shade

The garden plans below are “partial shade,” so they will also have sun-loving plants in them. For example, the first plan has shade on the left where the leafy greens are but the squash and tomatoes on the right will need full sun. Likewise, the third plan has shade at the top, but full sun elsewhere because corn, beans, squash, and tomatoes all like full sun.

1. Partial Shade Garden Plan: Home Garden

  • Garden Size: 52’ 11” x 37’ 11”
  • Garden Type: Home garden
  • Sun or Shade: Partial Shade
  • Garden Soil Type: Heavy / Clay soil

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

2. Partial Shade Garden Plan: Traditional Rows

  • Garden Size: 32’ 1” x 30’ 1”
  • Garden Type: Backyard / back garden
  • Garden Layout: Traditional layout – rows or raised beds
  • Sun or Shade: Partial Shade
  • Garden Soil Type: Standard soil mix

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

3. Small Garden Plan: Community Garden

  • Garden Size: 22’ 5” x 29’ 5”
  • Garden Type: Backyard / back garden
  • Garden Layout: Traditional layout – rows or raised beds
  • Sun or Shade: Partial Shade
  • Garden Soil Type: Standard soil mix

See full plant list and more details about this garden here.

Free Garden Planner

We have highlighted sample plans here, however, you can find hundreds of free garden plans using our Almanac Garden Planner tool—which will customize to your planting and harvesting dates! Try a 7-day free trial of the Almanac Garden Planner here.

Learn More

Watch our video on how to grow vegetables and fruit in the shade.

If you’re looking for ornamentals, see which perennial plants and flowers grow well in the shade


The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner. This article was originally published in 2014 and is regularly updated.

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