Wildlife-friendly plants for shade – red campion, Silene dicoca

Wildlife-friendly plants for shade

Want to help wildlife but have a shady garden? We've got eight perfect plants for you.

Shade is a common problem in gardens. Nearly all gardens have some areas of shade, while smaller plots and gardens in built-up urban areas are likely to have significant areas without light. Growing shade-tolerant plants is therefore vital to successful gardening in shade, but what if you want to grow plants for wildlife?

Typically, bees, butterflies and other pollinators feed in full sun. They visit flowers growing in sunny borders and use large stones and fence posts to bask in the sun’s rays and warm up their cold bodies. However, in hot summers, areas of shade can provide a respite for insects, and flowers growing in shade are less likely to run out of nectar.

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