Flowering plants for damp shade

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

If you have a damp, shady corner in your garden, don’t worry. Plenty of plants thrive in these conditions. From tall, majestic angelica, to low-growing candelabra primulas, there’s a wide range to choose from to brighten up your shady spot.

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

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Angelica

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


Astilbe

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In summer, the wiry stems of astilbes hold 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.


Bleeding heart

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With arching stems of nodding, heart-shaped flowers, Lamprocapnos (formerly Dicentraspectablis is an elegant perennial, perfect for brightening up a damp, shady corner.


Brunnera macrophylla

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


Cowslip

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Our native cowslip, Primula veris, looks great planted in woodland or naturalised in grass beneath trees.


Erythronium

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


Rodgersia

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


Solomon’s Seal

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


Trillium

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


Candelabra primulas

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