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.
Discover beautiful flowering plants to grow in damp shade, below.
A great architectural plant, Angelica archangelica has deep-cut foliage and huge, rounded, bright green flowerheads. It self-seeds readily after flowering.
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.
With arching stems of nodding, heart-shaped flowers, Lamprocapnos (formerly Dicentra) spectablis is an elegant perennial, perfect for brightening up a damp, shady corner.
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.
Our native cowslip, Primula veris, looks great planted in woodland or naturalised in grass beneath trees.
Swept-back petals give great character to graceful dog’s tooth violet, Erythronium. It thrives in cool, shady conditions and moist, humus-rich soil.
A dramatic foliage plant, Rodgersia, has cream flower plumes that turn bronzy in autumn, against deeply ribbed foliage. It favours constantly moist conditions.
With arching stems and delicate flowers, Polygonatum x hybridum is an elegant choice for a shady spot. This perennial likes moist, humus-rich soil.
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.
These stunning perennials are at home in moist soil and partial shade. Candelabra primulas to grow in include Primula beesiana and Primula chungensis.