Best plants for shady area
kellylavender Posts: 5
We've recently moved house and have a shady patch of soil at the front of our property that I am keen to plant some late spring/summer flowers in. The neighbours tell us the soil is rubbish and nothing grows, with most of them resorting to grass instead but I want to give it a go. Any advice for best plants to grow at this time of year much appreciated from a novice (but keen!) gardener!
Silver leaved Brunner plants such as "Jack Frost" have really spectacular leaves and mine currently has lovely dainty blue flowers. As mentioned by another poster, hostas might work. You might also want to look into ferns and hellebores. If you’re looking for more of a shrub type plant, look at things like Skimmer, Viburnum, Mahonia. And finally some Acers are fine in shade.
It really depends on the look you’re after and the size of the plot but please don’t give up on an area just because it’s shady, the world (or flower bed) really is your oyster and with a bit of love and attention I promise you that it can be a fantastic spot in your garden.
Maybe start by working out how much shade it really is in (all day, morning, afternoon, full shade or dappled) and whether its dry shade or damp shade and that might help you make some good decisions.
And good luck!