Ground cover plants are invaluable. They don’t just give the garden a general lift, they're also a valuable foil for larger plants, add colour to the gaps between shrubs and perennials, and deter weeds from colonising bare soil.
Filling every spare inch of ground with plants is important if you have a small garden. And they cope in various degrees of shade, adding an extra element to tricky areas of dry shade under trees or at the base of walls, or on the other hand, in damp shade.
Discover seven flowering ground cover plants for shade, to pep up dark spots, below.