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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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    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.


  • 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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

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

  • Hi Jacqui

    have a look at this  all for shade plants 

    Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,260

    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.

    "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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    fritillaries, yes, they'd be good image

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