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Plants for shade

I wonder if anybody can help me. An area in my garden is in light shade for quite a lot of the day but it does receive some sun. The area isn't moist/boggy but I water the whole garden thoroughly every other night in the summer so that I can grow plants such as hydrangeas without problems. I currently grow some sedum there but would like to redo it and make it into a better herbaceous border. I really like herbaceous perennials but most of them need full sun. However, I think these plants would do well in this spot, please can anybody advise: 

- Astrantia 'Roma' (Masterwort) 
- Lobelia 
- Campanula Lactiflora 
- Speedwell 
- Stachys Officinalis 

Also, if anybody can suggest any other plants similar to these which would do well, I would be very grateful. 





  • Here is a picture so that you can see my taste in plants.




  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    What about Dicentra, not exactly what you asked for but they might fit in. Early to appear. Mine aren't in a very moist area but I water well.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,355

    Aquilegia does well in shade. Aconitum, pulmonaria, 

    A  good plan is to go and look at other peoples' gardens and see what they have in shade and how well they're doing

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hardy geraniums don't mind a bit of shade and come in pinks, blues and white.

  • thank you all for your comments. I will consider dicentria but I just don't like the way they look very much. That link is useful, I'll have a better look through that later.

    I have lots of aquilegia around the garden that self-seed along with lots of foxgloves which also do well in shady areas. I am concerned about acontium being toxic so probably give those a miss but pulmonaria are worth considering.

    Geraniums - I have 2 large clumps of pink ones and 2 large blue plants. So whilst I love them, I think I probably have enough.

    Would the plants I listed in my original post do well?


  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    Personally i like Geraniums, Hostas, Heucheras, Aster frikartii monch, Penstemons.

    All the ones you listed look as if they will cope with part shade.

    Good luck with your border.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,355

    Aconitums are poisonous if eaten but they don't have attractive berries to eat or anything that makes them look edible. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,355

    I love them. I don't know what they taste likeimage

    I'd like stainless steel, maybe on the shopping list for this year?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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