I’m getting excited about stocking up the garden with plants in a few weeks time.
To start off, I’m putting together a list of plants that like shade, or semi-shade and although shade is seen as a problem, when you start looking there’s really quite a lot to choose from.
Sarcococca hookeriana Digyna [Sweet box]:
This is top of my list of shrubs for it’s elegant leaves and fabulous winter scent from its’ tiny white flowers.
Height and spread 1.5m
Ferns are definitely on the list for their understated look and how nicely their shape contrasts with others. This one originates from Japan, the new, unfurling leaves in Spring are a soft, bronze colour and gradually turn green.
Height 45cm x spread 40cm
Milleum effusum ‘Aureum’:
An evergreen pale golden-green grass, plant it where it catches the light and it looks like a pool of sunshine
Height 60cm x spread 30cm.
A pale green grass, also from Japan, perfect for edging path and borders.
Height 30cm x spread 40cm
Definitely on the list for their beautiful flowers and handsome evergreen leaves.
Height and spread 30cm.
A pretty plant with small, heart-shaped leaves and delicate red-yellow flowers in spring, happy in dry shade.
Height and spread 30cm
Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign
has dark green leaves with pale smudgy splodges, the flowers in spring are deep blue.
Height 35cm x spread 40cm
I’ll move snowdrops from another part of the garden and plant crocus and small daffodils for late winter cheer.
Improving the soil with home-made compost, leaf-mould or bags of bough soil-improver is essential and as a rule of thumb, the smaller the plant the more of them you need in a group to make some impact.
Happy gardening, Jill
All photos: Jill Anderson.