Fill shady areas

Many plants actually love these tricky spots!

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If you have an area of your garden that’s in full or dappled shade there are many different and interesting plants that you can grow with great success. Dappled shade is when light conditions are still fairly good, but overhanging branches and foliage filter the strong sunlight out.

Many plants favour and indeed prefer shady spots to grow and thrive. They are protected from direct sunlight which can cause young foliage to scorch and very often the soil retains moisture for longer because the heat of the sun doesn’t dry it out.

The range of plants that can be grown include spring bulbs, perennials and shrubs and by carefully selecting the plants you can easily create an attractive woodland-style border that will provide colour and interest for most of the year. 

Planting while the soil is still moist and mixing in some garden compost to improve the soil will help new plants settle in for the summer. For the first growing season it’s important to water around the roots in dry weather to make sure the plants establish well.