Shade in the garden is inevitable. Some gardens have small pockets of shade amongst borders, and others have larger sections where trees or buildings block the sun. So, these shaded areas are an opportunity to display some beautiful sun-shy plants that are often passed by at the garden centre.
Before choosing your plants, determine what degree of shade you are working with. Is it dappled or full shade? Also, check whether the soil underneath is dry or damp because this will help you to get the right type of plant for your shady spot.
Once you know what the conditions are, you don’t want the shaded spot to become too dark and gloomy. Therefore, it may be ideal to avoid adding plants that have lots of dark green foliage. The best way to achieve a colourful border all year round is to use the method of succession planting.
Succession planting means that the various things that you plant will be in flower at different times of the year.
So, here are some of the best shade loving plants for your garden and the season in which they flower…
So, those are just a few of my favourite plants for shady areas in your garden. But there are many more shade loving plants that you can try. Ask at your local garden centre for even more ideas.