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Been a new gardener, I would like your advice on what plants will grow in a moist, shady area.  This part of the garden never gets any sun, and is always quite heavy soil, as it is wet


  • I'm not sure if my comments can be seen.  I thought I maybe able to get advice and help from the more experienced gardener, but I seem not to be getting replies.  This is the 2nd time I have requested advice, but I have no responses.  

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

    You could try foxgloves, hostas that's generally what I grow in my shady area

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,985

    Hi Jacqui, is it always wet or does it dry out in summer? and is it really wet like a bog?

    If it's always damp, not a bog, you get more choice. Some of the ferns would go really well, some of those that need more moisture. Primroses, pulmonarias, astilbes and ligularia if it's not too dark.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Dicentra, Ferns, Mahonia, Astilbes all do well in shady areas.

  • Hi Nutcutlet, thank you for your reply, I'm grateful as a beginner gardener for your advice.  The area, that is shady, does dry out a little in the summer, but it still remains moist.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,985

    That's good, the worst is a bog in winter and concrete in summer.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hi Jacqui

    have a look at this  all for shade plants 

    Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,827

    I have a damp shady bed that does get some sun after 3:30 between the spring and autumn équinoxes.  I grow aquilegias, lily of the valley, primulas, hostas, ligularia, chelone, Japanese anemone, ferns, dicentra spectabilis, fritillaria meleagris, astilbes and hakonechloa.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • hi obelixx that sounds wonderful imageimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,985

    fritillaries, yes, they'd be good image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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