Nearly all gardens have areas of shade, created by boundaries or overhanging shrubs and trees. These shady spots can be turned into serene woodland borders with several well placed key plants.
The plants we’ve picked tend to flower from late winter to spring, taking advantage of the light available before overhanging branches come into leaf and shade them out. This is particularly useful if you have deciduous trees or shrubs in the garden already. They’ll grow best in a light, free-draining, humus-rich soil. Plants such as ferns, wood spurge, hellebores, pulmonarias, corydalis and sweet woodruff make up the palette, along with some spring bulbs, such as bluebells or erythroniums.