Many new gardeners believe that all plants need direct sunlight in order to thrive. This is not entirely true. There are a number of plants for shade that will thrive very well with little sunlight. In fact, many of these plants do much better when they are exposed to little or no direct sunlight at all. Plants for shade are excellent choices for areas around porches or decking or anywhere that you have just a little sunlight each day and want to add a splash of color to your landscaping.