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  • Growing plants in a shade garden

    Posted by Craig A on June 3, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    This list of plants and accompanying video will help you find plants that thrive in shaded gardens. Shade gardens can seem problematic, with the number of plant deaths seemingly never ending! It can be disheartening but there is no need to give up. By following the steps in this video guide you can grow a lush and healthy shade garden that will thrive for years to come.


    Low growing ground cover:

    – Impatiens omieana

    – Asarum

    – Ivy

    – Ophiopogon

    – Liriope mascari

    – Brunnera macrophylla

    – Saxifraga stolonifera

    Mid-sized plants:

    – Hardy ferns such as Dryopteris atrata, Dryopteris ethyrosora, Asplenium angustifolium, Adiantum venustum and Polystichum munitum.

    – Hostas. ‘Empress Wu’ is a favourite of mine because of its huge leaves!

    – Hardy Begonias such as Begonia panchartharensis, Begonia pedatifida, Begonia grandis and Begonia sutherlandii.

    – Farfugium

    – Podophyllum

    – Acorus grammineus

    Larger shrubs:

    – Fatsia japonica & Fatsia japonica variegata

    – Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’

    – Viburnum tinus

    – Camellia

    – Rhododendrons

    – Aucuba

    Please add any other shade loving plants that you can think of!


    Craig A replied 10 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Debbie

    June 5, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Another plant I use for shade is Rodgesia Aesculfolia.. a good hardy shrub with big (ish) palmate leaves. (I’m in N Wiltshire)

    • Craig A

      June 5, 2023 at 9:28 pm

      Great suggestion @Debbie, Inthink there is another good Rodgersia called ‘Bronze Peacock’ too 👌

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