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Shady areas of the garden can seem unwelcoming to plants, but there is a huge range that will thrive there and brighten up any dark corners of your garden.

A lot of shade-loving plants have fewer flowers with less colour, but they make up for this with interesting and attractive foliage. Using a range of different plants in your bed will create a striking display.

Shaded areas beneath large trees may have poor soil and lack moisture, so it’s important to add good compost and mulch for plants to grow.

If you wish to plant spring bulbs, get them in the ground in autumn to give them time to establish over winter. Snowdrops, bluebells, lily of the valley and hardy cyclamen are good choices.

Some open shady areas can be prone to water retention, so choose moisture-loving plants that will thrive in this environment. Astilbe, sedge, hostas, lady fern, ligularia and polygonatum will happily grow in damp soil.

Check out the following lists of general plants for shady areas.

Plants for full shade:

Arum Lily

Bergenia (Elephant’s Ears)

Bamboo

Epimedium

Euonymous

Fatsia Japonica

Ferns

Galanthus (Snowdrops)

Hedera (Ivy)

Helleborus niger

Hostas

Hydrangea

Lamium

Ligustrum japonicum

Mahonia

Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal)

Ramonda myconi

Sarcococca humilis

Skimmia japonica

Taxus baccata (Yew)

Trillium

Vinca minor

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Arum lily

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Fatsia japonica

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Vinca minor

Plants for partial shade:

Acer (Japanese Maple)

Aucuba (Japanese Laurel)

Anemone nemorosa

Aqueligia (Columbine)

Astrantia

Bamboo

Bergenia

Buxus (Box)

Camellia

Campanula

Clematis

Cyclamen

Daphne

Dicentra Spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)

Digitalis (Foxglove)

Epimedium

Euphorbia

Ferns

Flowering Quince

Hellebores

Heuchera

Hostas

Hydrangea

Ilex aquifolium (Holly)

Iris

Lamium

Lillies

Liriope muscari

Lonicera (Honeysuckle)

Lunaria annua (Honesty)

Lupins

Magnolia

Mondara (Bergamot)

Peony

Perennial geranium (Cranesbill)

Penstemon

Phlox

Pyracantha

Ribes sanguineum

Rhododendron

Sedum

Viburnum

Vinca major

Vinca minor

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Acer

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Campanula

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Fern

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Hellebores

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Viburnum

For more garden planting ideas, check out my blog:

Or check out my Pinterest board for more ideas:

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