Planting in shade can be a real blessing. Not only can you choose from beautiful and varied plants for dappled, partial and deep shade, but the soil in shady areas is often packed with nutrient-rich leaf mould.
That said, there are several important tips to keep in mind when planting in shade. If you're planting up pots and containers for shade, it's also worth adding some water-retaining gel to the compost, to help it retain moisture when temperatures rise.
Make the most of the dark with our five top tips for successful planting in shade, below.