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There are so few plants that do well in my small, shady garden, but those that do thrive deserve a medal. This week, honesty is taking centre stage, with its tall spires of brilliant white flowers, towering above more subtle spring blooms.I love
Dog violets, Viola riviniana, appeared almost as soon as I laid the topsoil of my new garden. They’ve been here for three years now, slowly bulking up in corners where nothing else grows.They thrive in the shadiest parts of my garden, flowering just after the snowdrops and before...
Follow Monty and Joe's simple step-by-step video advice to planting up the tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica.springMore advice on growing treesPlanting a bare-root treePlanting a fig treeTraining a nectarine tree against a fencePlanting a small tree
by taking begonia leaf cuttings.Grow begonias with other slug-proof plants.Plant up a hanging basket with begonia and plectranthus plants.Brighten up a shady corner with a rustic display of begonias and pelargoniums.
and only gets two hours of sunlight a day. It's cool and shady, and the walls provide the perfect rain shadows.Looking after auriculas isn't the easiest of tasks. Vine weevils seem to love them, and they’re also prone to root rot if grown in waterlogged
Carol Klein demonstrates how to rejuvenate primula vulgaris by separating newly rooted growth and replanting it.springMore advice on growing flowersCaring for peoniesGrowing lupinsPlanting out cerinthesGrowing dahlias from seed
CompostPlace crocks in the base of the pot and half fill with compost. Place the dogwood centrally in the pot and arrange the fern and the skimmia around its base. Position the pot in a shady, damp spot, where the fern will thrive. Add more compost around the plants
This combination of begonia, pelargonium and fern plants will brighten up a shady area. Although unlikely bedfellows, they all enjoy a lightly shaded spot and make an impressive display. The begonia and fern plants will provide interesting shape
not to break them.Water your arrangement and ensure it never dries out. Deadhead faded cowslips to encourage new blooms.AdamThese plants are perennial and can be planted in the garden after flowering. They enjoy a shady setting where they are free to naturalise
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 boldselection of plants, combining different leaf forms, colours and textures