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Best Plants for Shade

Areas in the garden that are shady are often dry as well, due to overhanging tree branches or being next to a wall or fence. Improve the soil by digging in or mulching with well-rotted manure (for example Country Natural) or compost to help the soil retain water and therefore help plants get off to a good start when planted. If tree roots make it impossible to plant in the ground, why not plant large containers with perennials and shrubs, to add foliage colour and interest? Remember they will need regular watering too!

Here are our top recommendations for plants that can cope with shady areas in your garden:

  • Ground cover & herbaceous perennials: Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s mantle), Hosta’s, ajuga, bergenia, hardy ferns, Japanese anemone, hosta, hellebores, lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor) and pachysandra.
  • Shrubs: skimmia, Fatsia japonica, aucuba (spotted laurel), hydrangea, mahonia, Viburnum davidii, Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’, euonymus, elaeagnus, box and bay trees, laurels, camellia, hydrangea, rhododendrons and azaleas, pieris, skimmia, hardy fuchsia, sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica), Fatsia japonica
  • Climbing and wall shrubs: pyracantha, climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris), ivy, Clematis montana, common honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum)
  • Bulbs or tuberous plants: hardy cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium or Cyclamen coum), wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa), lily -of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis), snowdrop, bluebell