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Garden noobGarden noob Posts: 260

We've dedicated the shaded patch of a raised bed to native bluebells. It looks good in April/May (will look better when the bluebells are more dense!), but it looks very bare now. What can I plant that would complement bluebells, e.g. come up in May/June to provide cover over the summer, but tolerate quite heavy shade?



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,135

    Pulmonaria likes shade and would go well but likes moist soil.
    I've got both blue ensign and sissinhurst white and they look very nice in spring with the bells

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,840

    Geranium macrorhizum is good in shade - scented leaves, flowers in May/June are pale to deep pink depending on variety.  Geranium Kashmir White has different foliage and white flowers which would brighten up a shady space.   Geranium renardii has veined flowers and diffferent leaves again.

    You could look at vincas - plain green or variegated foliage and blue or white flowers depending on variety.  I'd go for the variegated form or the white flowered form in shade.

    If it's damp enough for pulmonarias, have a look at hostas too.

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  • Fif2Fif2 Posts: 69

    Tiarellas are good in shade - flower May-July.

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Aquilegias, fuchsia's for later on, dicentra, foxgloves

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Aquilegias, fuchsia's for later on, dicentra, foxgloves, if it's damp then Astilbes too. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,008

    If it's sheltered, a small acer?

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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Lily of the valley.

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