Herbaceous plants for shade UK

Plants for Deep Shade, Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost, Siberian BuglossMost gardens have areas that are heavily shaded and this is where choosing plants for deep shade is essential.

While most plants need a good dose of sunlight to survive and thrive, true shade loving plants are adapted to heavily shaded conditions.

I hope the shade loving perennials and ferns that I've chosen meet with your approval and give you some ideas for brightening up those shady corners.

They range from the tough Brunnera, with its 'frost' kissed leaves, through the stately and graceful Solomon's Seal and the fascinating three-petalled Trilliums, to the textured foliage of the evergreen ferns.

Not forgetting, of course, one of my childhood favourites - the delightfully scented bells of Lily of the Valley.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' (Siberian Bugloss)

  • Form: clump forming perennial
  • Foliage: deciduous
  • Hardiness: UK - fully hardy; USDA zones 3 to 8
  • Soil: any reasonably fertile, moist but well drained soil
  • Situation: partial to full shade
  • Height: 45cm (18in)
  • Spread: 45cm (18in)
  • Awards: RHS AGM

Perennials for Deep Shade, Convallaria majalis, Lily of the ValleyReasons to grow: An excellent low maintenance groundcover for shaded areas. Delightful sprays of bright blue forget-me-not flowers in spring and attractively textured heart-shaped leaves with beautiful, frost-kissed variegation.

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

  • Form: creeping, herbaceous perennial
  • Hardiness: UK - fully hardy; USDA zones 2 to 7
  • Soil: moist, humus rich soil
  • Situation: light sun to deep shade
  • Height: 23cm (9in)
  • Spread: 30cm (12in)

Shade Loving Lamium maculatum, Spotted DeadnettleReasons to grow: One of the best plants for deep shade providing effective groundcover with the bonus of enchanting spikes of tiny white nodding flowers with the most heavenly fragrance in late spring and early summer. It spreads rapidly in the right conditions. Mulch well in autumn when the leaves die down.

Also consider: C. m. 'Albostriata' for variegated foliage and 'Rosea' for pinkish flowers.

Lamium maculatum (Spotted Deadnettle)

  • Form: herbaceous perennial
  • Foliage: semi-evergreen
  • Hardiness: UK - fully hardy; USDA zones 4 to 8
  • Soil: moist, well drained soil
  • Situation: light/dappled shade to full shade
  • Height: 20cm (8in)
  • Spread: up to 1m (40in)

Polygonatum hybridum, Soloman's SealReasons to grow: Excellent groundcover plant for shaded areas forming a mat of prostrate foliage, often with attractive variegated markings, and spikes of purple, pink or white flowers in summer.

Also consider: L. m. 'Beacon Silver' for silvery leaves with narrow green edges and pink flowers; 'White Nancy' for two lipped white flowers.

Polygonatum x hybridum (Solomon's Seal)

  • Form: rhizomatous perennial
  • Soil: any fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
  • Situation: sun to full shade
  • Height: 1.2m (48in)
  • Spread: 50cm (18in)

Reasons to grow: A lovely and imposing plant for a shady border with long, bright green leaves. Hanging clusters of tubular white flowers are borne on the graceful arching stems in late spring, these are followed by black fruits in summer and autumn.

Also consider: P. multiforum 'Striatum' is slightly smaller at 90cm (36in) with variegated foliage; P. x odoratum is also smaller with fragrant flowers.

Pulmonaria Lewis Palmer, Lungwort Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower Perennials for Deep Shade, Trillium grandiflorum, Wake Robin Ferns for Deep Shade, Asplenium scolopendrium, Hart's Tongue Fern
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Info on Talinum

2003-07-03 13:22:27 by pro

Information I gleaned from the USDA plant database: plants.usda.gov/index.html Enter Scientific Name as Talinum
Talinum Adans. - gives you all varieties and maps of where they are present - click on a map to get information for that variety
- Talinum calycinum or parviflorum - most common varieties present in the central states from Texas to Minnesota/Nebraska.
- all varieties native to U.S.
Some common names:
Fameflower
Sunbright
Jewels of Opar (not common but a cool name, no?)
- Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub or Subshrub
- Native to the United States
- Talinum calycinum had a botanical illustration which showed a rhizhome (like an iris)
- Purslane family like Lewisia and Portulaca
- I doubt it is invasive. As a...


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