Most gardens have some dry shade, at the foot of walls where foundations draw water from the soil, or under eaves where little rain falls. Trees also create dry shade, as their roots take up a lot of water.
These beautiful plants will thrive these tricky conditions, as long as you look after them while they get settled in.
Astrantias have delicate, pincushion-like flowers from June to August. These clump-forming perennials come in a range of colours, from white and dusky pinks to deep red. Though they prefer moist soil, they'll tolerate drier conditions if mulched.
A versatile grass with bronze-green foliage, flowers from June to September, turning shades of copper and gold in the autumn. It self-seeds freely to create more plants.