10 shade loving plants to brighten up your garden
Along the front of my front garden, this rhododendron hedge (above) provides welcome privacy and also an opportunity to underplant a shady area. Although the front garden is south facing, the canopy of the rhododendrons can provide peaceful respite for shade loving plants. I aimed to create some highlights under the dark depths of the hedge which would also improve the view from my front windows.
I live amongst a lot of woodland and on my feeble but stubborn attempts at forest running, I’ve noticed the variety of plants that make their home in the shade such as: anemones, bluebells, ferns, primroses and so on. Observing these plants in the wild provided some inspiration for my planting scheme.
So the work began! First I dug up turf and weeds beneath the rhododendrons, following a string marker, then gave it a good turnover and composted the planting areas.
I’m not a designer, but I have created the simple arrangement below as a basis for the underplanting, which I have repeated along the hedge 3 times. I inserted the remaining 5 plants (some of which I rescued from other parts of the garden) in the gaps between the 3 repetitions.
My 10 plants for a shady spot
Before & After
The plants are in and I am so pleased I did it. Its a little shady area that I took no notice of before and now it attracts the eye and brightens up a once boring, shady and overgrown part of the garden.
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