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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.
A great architectural plant, Angelica archangelica has deep-cut foliage and huge, rounded, bright green flowerheads. It self-seeds readily after flowering.
A great little groundcover plant with glossy, Asarum europaeum has distinctly rounded foliage and hairy, purple flowers in midsummer. Grow it in moist but well-drained soil.
During summer, the wiry stems of astilbes 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.
With arching stems of nodding, heart-shaped flowers, Lamprocapnos (or Dicentra) spectablis is an elegant perennial.
Reliably tough, even in poor soil, Brunnera macrophylla shows its daintier side when sprays of forget-me-not flowers shimmer over its bristly leaves in spring.
Our native Primula veris looks great planted in woodland or naturalised in grass under trees.
Swept-back petals give great character to graceful dog's tooth violet, Erythronium. It loves growing in cool, shady conditions and moist, humus-rich soil.
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.
Hostas 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.
A dramatic foliage plant, Rodgersia, has cream flower plumes that turn bronzy in autumn. It favours constantly moist conditions.
With arching stems and delicate flowers, Polygonatum x hybridum is an elegant choice for a shady spot. This perennial likes moist, humus-rich soil.
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.