Flowering plants for damp shade

We pick some of the best plants with flowers, to grow in damp, shady spots.

If a part of your garden is damp and shady, it’s crying out to be planted with moisture-loving blooms.

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Lots of plants enjoy these conditions, although this selection is the cream of the crop – they’ll all be assets in your garden. If you’re looking for crops to grow in shade, take a look at our features on the best fruit crops for shade, and herbs for shade.

Discover beautiful flowering plants for damp shade to grow, below.

Swept-back petals give great character to graceful dog's tooth violet, Erythronium.

Angelica

A great architectural plant, Angelica archangelica has deep-cut foliage and huge, rounded, bright green flowerheads. It self-seeds readily after flowering.

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Astilbe

During summer, the wiry stems of astilbes hold aloft the plume-like flowerheads of this easy-to-grow perennial. Provided the soil is moist, astilbes are happy in partial shade. Pink, red and white varieties are available, so take your pick.

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Bleeding heart

With arching stems of nodding, heart-shaped flowers, Lamprocapnos (or Dicentraspectablis is an elegant perennial.

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Brunnera macrophylla

Reliably tough, even in poor soil, Brunnera macrophylla shows its daintier side when sprays of forget-me-not flowers shimmer over its bristly leaves in spring.

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Cowslip

Our native Primula veris looks great planted in woodland or naturalised in grass under trees.

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Erythronium

Swept-back petals give great character to graceful dog’s tooth violet, Erythronium. It loves growing in cool, shady conditions and moist, humus-rich soil.

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Rodgersia

A dramatic foliage plant, Rodgersia, has cream flower plumes that turn bronzy in autumn. It favours constantly moist conditions.

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Solomon’s Seal

With arching stems and delicate flowers, Polygonatum x hybridum is an elegant choice for a shady spot. This perennial likes moist, humus-rich soil.

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Trillium

A North American woodland perennial, Trillium erectum bears large leaves that frame its classy wine-red (occasionally white or yellow) flowers. It revels in shade in humus-rich, damp soil.

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Candelabra primulas

These stunning perennials are at home in moist soil and partial shade. Candelabra primulas to grow in include, Primula beesiana and Primula chungensis.

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Looking for foliage for shade? Why not take a look at our feature on foliage plants for damp shade.