What plants would you buy for a shady area, I would like to bring some colour to the area!!!!!!
What sort of shade is it Samantha? Is the soil dry or damp?
Is it under trees and if so are they evergreen or deciduous?
The soil is damp, there is no tree, it is a south facing garden, but one half of garden gets more sun than other half!!!
Also we have another house at the end of the garden which blocks some of the sun out!!!
Sounds like my last garden
Foxgloves, ferns, Lily of the valley, pulmonaria, alchemilla mollis, ajuga, astilbes, vinca, and hellebores will all give you background tone and texture and some lovely soft colour.
For brigher colour you can grow some New Guinea Hybrids Impatiens - the newer version of Busy Lizzies that doesn't succumb to the downy mildew that has wiped the older variety out
Thank you I shall try some of those you have suggested!!!!
Ok thank I will take a look !!!
Samantha - I'd add a couple of extras to Dove's great list - Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum)., Heucheras, Tiarellas, Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder) and Gaultheria. If you want some bigger shrubs - Sarcococca (Winter box) , Hydrangeas, Potentillas and Osmanthus burkwoodii all do well in shadier or semi shaded areas.
Thank you a lot of good ideas !!!!