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A shady garden might seem like a challenge, but in reality there's a huge range of plants suitable for growing in dark places.
This container display is made using a bold selection of plants, combining different leaf forms, colours and textures. The Nandina domestica makes an an eye-catching centrepiece all year round, with attractive flowers and berries, and fantastic autumn colour.
Place upturned pots in the base of the pot to aid drainage and minimise the amount of compost used in the pot.
Pour the compost into the container until it's about two-thirds full.
Add horticultural grit to the pot to aid drainage and root penetration. Mix it thoroughly into the compost.
Tease out the roots of the Nandina domestica and plant it in the centre of the pot.
Fill the container with plants, adding one to each corner. Let the foliage trail over the sides.
Fill any gaps between the plants with more compost, firm down gently and water well.
In really dry weather, wrap hessian around the pot and keep it damp. This will cool down the plants' roots.