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Alex’s Guide to Shade-Loving Plants for Your Garden!

Finding the right plants for shady parts of your garden can be a challenge, but with Alex’s expert guidance, you’ll discover a variety of beautiful, easy-care plants that thrive without direct sunlight. Whether you have a shaded border, a spot near a water feature, or just a shady corner that needs some greenery, these shade-loving plants are perfect for adding colour and life to those areas.


Astrantia is a fantastic choice for shady spots in your garden. Growing to about 60cm tall and forming a clump, this no-nonsense plant boasts stunningly unique flowers that add a touch of elegance. It’s easy to care for and perfect for flower borders or pots.

Hardy Fuchsia

If you’re looking for a plant that flowers profusely in the shade, the Hardy Fuchsia is a great option. These plants bloom all summer long and can tolerate the sun, but they really shine in the shade where other plants may not thrive.

Hardy Ferns

Hardy Ferns are known for their great foliage and come in many varieties. They are particularly well-suited for shady spots, especially near water features like ponds. Most ferns have evergreen foliage, providing year-round interest.


Hostas are a favourite among gardeners, thanks to their vast range of colours and striking leaves. They are perfect for shady spots, though they do require some protection from slugs. The extra effort is worth it, as these plants add a splash of colour and texture to any garden.

Japanese Anemones

Japanese Anemones thrive in the shade and produce lots of beautiful flowers. They are versatile, growing well in both pots and garden borders. These plants add a delicate beauty to any shaded area.


Foxgloves are bold, tall flowers that can tolerate sun but are just as happy in the shade. They are strong growers, ideal for pots or borders, and are excellent for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden.

Vinca (Periwinkle)

Vinca, also known as Periwinkle, is an evergreen plant with lovely blue flowers and variegated ground-covering leaves. It’s perfect for adding interest to shady borders and provides excellent ground cover.


Pachysandra is another evergreen plant that thrives in the shade. It features little white flowers and provides excellent ground cover, making it ideal for shady spots in your garden.


Daphne plants produce fragrant flowers in the spring, autumn, or late summer. They are a great addition to shady areas, adding both beauty and a delightful scent.

By incorporating these shade-loving plants into your garden, you can transform even the darkest corners into vibrant, colourful spaces. Visit our garden centre to explore these varieties and get expert advice from Alex and our team. Happy gardening🌿🌸