What plants grow in a shady garden?

Got a shady garden? Jo Lambell, Founder of Beards & Daisies, has this advice

What plants grow in a shady garden?


You don’t need loads of sunlight in order to have a thriving garden. In fact, there’s a plethora of plants that will flourish in shady conditions. Here are three to choose from and all of them are super easy to look after, too.

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The red sword-shaped leaves of the Cordyline makes it a colourful statement and will brighten up your outdoor space without needing an overwhelming amount of sun. In fact, it will do better in a semi-shady spot as its beautiful red foliage can fade if exposed to too much strong sunshine. Treat this plant well and over time it will reward you with blooms – as it matures, the Cordyline has the ability to produce white flower spikes that are beautifully scented.

Dryopteris goldieana are another great choice. There’s something so elegant about the feather-like fronds on a fern and this variety, which naturally grows all year-round in woodlands, is no exception. As the fern ages, its yellow-green leaves will turn a richer shade.
The fern is happy growing in shady spots in your garden, and in the wild, you’ll often find it growing on moist soils in woodlands. Full sunlight could result in this plant’s leaves being scorched.

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Despite their colourful blooms in shades of pink and purple, you’d be forgiven for presuming the Astilbe Gem Mix loves sunlight. However, Astilbes are shade-loving plants, and will thrive in darker spots in your garden. Plus, they’re happy to grow in both containers and flowerbeds, making them a versatile option for all outdoor spaces. And just in case you weren’t already sold, this plant is likely to attract bumblebees and butterflies to your garden!