Flowering plants that like shaded areas are great, as they allow you to make maximum use of that precious space in your garden. Over the last few months, many people have increasingly fallen in love with their gardens, and so are putting a lot more time and effort into them than ever before. But what to do with those parts of your garden that remain stubbornly shielded from sunlight? Here are 10 great suggestions for flowering plants that could fill them...
The colourful flower plumes of the Astilbe can instantly light up any nook in your garden. But their foliage can also be a feature, with bronze, various shades of green and even wine red colourations. Astilbe actually need the shade so their plumes don’t dry out, and they look best when they’re planted in clumps.
The “Chinese Ground Orchid” is another plant that thrives away from the heat of the sun. Their fresh pinky-purple blooms definitely look their best when they’re not caught in the afternoon glare. To enjoy their flowers in the springtime, you’re advised to plant them in the autumn months.
An annual that boasts flowers of pink, purple or white, Fuchsias can be planted in pots and then placed in the shady parts of your garden. There’s also the option of making hanging baskets if you’ve really got the gardening bug and want to expand your green haven as much as possible.
Foxgloves are prolific reseeders so, despite being biennials that spend every other year simply growing foliage, you can usually expect to enjoy their softly-coloured flower spikes every year. Because of their tendency to reseed, you’ll also rarely need to buy new plants, and may even get some surprise colours cropping up!
Impatiens will bloom profusely even in the full shade, so you can easily pot them up and flood your garden's gloomier areas with colour. One important thing to bear in mind is that they are vulnerable to diseases like powdery mildew, so it may be worth investing in some of the harder-wearing new breed hybrids.
Another choice that is at its best when hung from baskets, so if you feel like making a few garden displays this would be a superb choice. Even though this annual plant needs to be well watered and kept in full shade, it will start to look very unkempt in summer. But the good news is that, if you give it a trim, you may get blue-white flowers again in the autumn!
A particularly special hydrangea that also gives you plenty of colour in the autumn. That said, you’ll get loads of blooms throughout the summer months too. Although it does well in shaded areas away from the afternoon sun, try to plant it in a location where it can soak up the rays of the less intense morning sun.
Hellebores go brilliantly with Astilbes, and are a favourite choice to ensure that your garden has plenty of flowers in the winter months. And although their flowers aren’t the brightest that you’ll see, their little nodding blooms come in an array of whites, pinks, greens, purples and more. Dry shade is the best environment for them.
Lovers of shade and moist soil, there are well over 400 species of Primula to choose from! And within that variety of types, you’ll also get an almost unprecedented variety of colour, along with an impressive range of sizes. So whether your shaded spaces are large or small, there’s always room for a Primula (or three!).
A bit like the Oakleaf Hydrangea, the so-called “wishbone flower” is at its best when it enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade. If you get this balance right, you’ll also be able to enjoy the flowers for as long as possible. Look out for the little “wishbone” at the tip of the flower buds breaking when the bees land on them, thereby unveiling the blooms.
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