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wildlife garden in the shade

I'm looking at creating a wildlife garden for an infant school.  The area seems to be shady and certainly will be once the leaves are back on the trees. 

A lot of wildlife plants seem to need lots of sun. 

Any recommendations for plants/flowers to grow in a shady part of the garden which will encourage lots of wildlife for the children to look at. 

Thank you. 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,631

    Pulmonarias are good shade plants and the bees love them.. Ivy, flowers and berries are good and the shelter as well.

  • Foxgloves attract bees and are happy in the shade, They multiply well and add a splash of colour too!


  • AWBAWB Posts: 421

    Hellebores,snowdrop, epimedium,bluebells,A Mollis,geraniums as well as plants mentioned above.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,631

    honesty, sweet rocket seems to grow in sun or shade. 

    Jack by the hedge, a wildflower, food plant for orange tip butterflies

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Great, thanks again for the help. 

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia Deadly Nightshade Atropa belladonna DOG VIOLET Viola riviniana Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis Enchanter's Nightshade Circaea lutetiana Figwort Scrophularia nodosa Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Giant Bellflower Campanula latifolia Greater Stitchwort Stellaria holostea Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea Hairy Sedge Carex hirta Hairy Woodrush Luzula pilosa Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica Herb Robert Geranium robertianum Hops Humulus lupulus Hybrid Woundwort Stachys x ambigua Martagon Lily Lilium martagon Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina Nettle-Leaved Bellflower Campanula trachelium Oval Sedge Carex ovalis Oxlip Primula elatior Primrose Primula vulgaris Red Campion Silene dioica Remote Sedge Carex remota Sanicle Sanicula europaea Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis Solomon's Seal Polygonatum multiflorum Star Sedge Carex echinata Welsh Poppy Meconopsis cambrica White Dead-Nettle Lamium album Wood Anenome Anemone nemorosa Wood Avens Geum urbanum Wood Cranesbill Geranium sylvaticum Wood False-Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum Wood Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica Wood Sedge Carex sylvatica Woodruff Galium odoratum Woodrush Luzula sylvatica Woodsage Teucrium scorodonia Woody Nightshade Solanum dulcamara Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galiobdolon Yellow Pimpernel Lysimachia nemorum



  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    image yeah, the commas didn't come out. image It was supposed to come as a table/list, never mind. image

  • Perhaps best stay clear of toxic plants with the under eights. The difference between edible and poisonous berries and leaves can be part of their learning but with under eights.....well,  there's (at least)  'one' in every class.. image

    Even with 8 -11s you need eyes in the back of your head.

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    If you want to check how toxic a plant is is very usefull. Some plants are only slightly toxic like Onions and Rhubarb while others are only toxic under certain conditions the above website will help you out on that.

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Brilliant, thank you so much.


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