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jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
Hi all, I'm looking for some ideas on woodland plants to grow from seeds in shady/semi shady conditions. I already have ferns, hostas, aquilegia, white foxgloves. What are your favourite plants to grow from seeds that would work well with these? I was thinking about woodruff and violas but looking for more inspiration. Maybe forget me nots too. 

Thank you


  • B3B3 Posts: 21,472
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,626
    Dodecatheon pulchellum. One of my favourite plants.  
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    Thanks. Nigella hispanica looks lovely. I might order some of that. Seedaholic also have Dodecatheon pulchellum which will try too. Is it difficult to grow?
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,003
    I love our native hellebore, Helleborus foetidus, happily seeds itself around in even the deepest, driest shade, and offers a bit of zinginess at this time of year. 
    Hesperis, sweet rocket, is another that happily seeds about in shade, with the added bonus of lovely scent. 
    Alchemilla mollis is a nice frothy reliable filler
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,434
    Violets are easy from seed and love woodland conditions.  I have a pink flowered one, as well as Viola labradorica, which has dark leaves and blue flowers.  They'll seed around a bit, which is nice in woodland.  Native primroses do well on a shady bank here, grown from seed.

    I've grown Geranium phaeum from seed.  There's a white form too, and both are happy in shade.  White honesty (Lunaria annua) is great in semi-shade, as is Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis).  And I also have Jacob's Ladder, Polemonium caeruleum, growing happily from seed in quite a lot of shade.  There are white forms of these last two, as well.  :)  
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    Lovely, thanks all for suggestions. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,021
    Woodruff, pulmonaria.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964
    Lunaria rediviva (Perennial Honesty) is reliable , easy from seed , highly scented with attractive ovoid seed-pods .
    Easily controllable if too happy ; deserves to be more widely grown .
    Prefers dampish soil .
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,452
    Bowles' Golden Grass would fit the bill nicely. Milium effusum "Aureum".
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,452
    I've also grown Thalictrum delavayi from seed, which takes dappled shade. 
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