Success in the Shade


Shade gardening

Success in the Shade

Gardening in shady areas of your garden can be a challenging task, but if you choose the right plants you’re well on your way to success.

Here are a few ideas for plants that grow in three different types of shade :

  • Filtered shade occurs under large, open branched trees, which allow dappled sunlight to shine through, creating forest-like conditions beneath the trees. Good plant choices for this type of shade include coleus, ferns, impatiens, begonias, hydrangeas, liriope, foxgloves, philodendron, cordyline, cineraria, fairy primrose and torenias.
  • Semi-shade refers to areas that receive up to five hours of direct sunlight a day, and filtered or dense shade for the remainder of the day. This type of shade often occurs next to garden walls. In areas of semi-shade, you can successfully grow agapanthus, gardenia, plumbago, abelia and plectranthus.
  • Dense shade is the most challenging type of shade in which to grow plants. Try growing peace lily, aspidistra, fuchsias, hydrangeas, ivy and azaleas in very shady conditions. Alternatively, try lightening the shade by removing lower tree branches and thinning out higher branches. You can also encourage plants to grow in very dense shade by adding plenty of compost to the soil and spraying the leaves of plants with a diluted solution of liquid fertiliser.