Plants for complete shaded areas

Please can anyone tell me what plants can be planted in complete shaded areas in my garden



  • Ferns like to live in shaded areas. If you have a forest of woodland area near to where you live you'll see them growning amongst the tree in abundance.

  • I read sweet woodruff will go along with shade as well. They have white blossoms in May/June and smell nice. There is always ivy as well, the most shade resistant plant I know of. Avoid any varieties with white markings, as in complete shade the white will fade to a sickly pale green. Rather go for some dark leafed varieties with an interesting leaf shape.

  • I have two dwarf rhodedendrons growing quite happily after three years in almost permanent shade. They only get a little sun for the first few hours of the day.

  • Sarcococca hookeriana (Christmas Box) also do well in shaded areas - they're slow growers and are highly scented ground covering plants

  •  Helleborous Niger (christmas rose) is a rather easy to grow, shade loving plant..

  • DATDAT Posts: 7

    Lamium will do well in shade also

  • Aconites grow well if you want to plant bulbs and cyclmn grow quite well also shrub wise Aucuba japonica Rozannie ( nice berries in autumn) and dark glossy leaves. .

  • Brunnera is superb in dry shade Cant kill it

    Also Dicentra formosa .blue divided leaves and white hanging flowers

  • appaddyappaddy Posts: 2

    Foxgloves, astibles, snowdrops, heuchas, and aqualejas all do ok. probably all ,is-spelt but you get the idea or at least goole will.

  • SeabirdSeabird Posts: 9

    Thank's, a friend of mine has a house with a small back yard which is in complete shadow most of the day, she would love to be able to grow some cheerfull flowers, your suggestions are most welcome.

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