Plants for damp shade

If a part of your garden is damp and shady, it's crying out to be planted with moisture-loving blooms and lush, dramatic foliage. Lots of plants enjoy these conditions, although this selection is the cream of the crop – they'll all be assets in your garden.


Angelica archangelica

Angelica

A great architectural plant, Angelica archangelica has deep-cut foliage and huge, rounded, bright green flowerheads. It self-seeds readily after flowering. View more angelicas

Asarum europaeum

Asarum europaeum

A great little groundcover plant with glossy, distinctly rounded foliage and hairy, purple flowers in midsummer. Grow it in moist but well-drained soil. View asarums

Astilbe

Astilbe

During summer, wiry stems hold aloft the plume-like flowerheads of this easy-to-grow perennial. Provided the soil is moist, astilbes are happy in partial shade. Pink, red and white varieties are available, so take your pick. View more astilbes

Bleeding heart

Bleeding heart

With arching stems of nodding, heart-shaped flowers, Lamprocapnos (or Dicentra) spectablis is an elegant perennial. View more dicentras

Brunnera macrophylla

Brunnera macrophylla

Reliably tough, even in poor soil, brunnera shows its daintier side when sprays of forget-me-not flowers shimmer over its bristly leaves in spring. View brunneras

Cowslip

Cowslip

Our native Primula veris looks great planted in woodland or naturalised in grass under trees. View more primulas

Erythronium

Erythronium

Swept-back petals give great character to this graceful dog's tooth violet. It loves growing in cool, shady conditions and moist, humus-rich soil. View more erythroniums

Hard fern

Hard fern

Synonymous with shade, ferns adore life in the cool moist soil under trees or in areas shielded from direct sunshine. Evergreen Blechnum spicant provides year-round interest and loves damp and free-draining soil. View profile

Hosta

Hostas

These are indispensable in a shady garden. Many are variegated, their lush bright leaves glinting from dark borders. Add mulch to keep the soil moist. Slugs adore them, so give them some protection. View hostas

Rodgersia

Rodgersia

This dramatic foliage plant has cream flower plumes that turn bronzy in autumn. It favours constantly moist conditions. View more rodgersias

Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal

With arching stems and delicate flowers, Polygonatum x hybridum is an elegant choice for a shady spot. This perennial likes moist, humus-rich soil. View polygonatums

Trillium

Trillium

A North American woodland perennial, Trillium erectum bears large leaves that frame its classy wine-red (occasionally white or yellow) flowers. It revels in shade in humus-rich, damp soil. View trilliums




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