Plants for shady gardens



My own garden is very shady; we are surrounded by 8ft privet hedges with over 30 deciduous and evergreen trees. This plant list is a short list of my own tried and tested selections for all levels of shade.


I’ve highlighted what levels of shade each plant can tolerate:


o Full sun: six + hours direct sun

o Light shade: open to the sky, but screened from direct sunlight

o Partial or semi-shade: Three to six hours per day of direct sun at midsummer.

o Dappled shade: reflected or diffused light through tree canopy

o Moderate shade: less than two or three hours of direct sunlight

o Deep or heavy shade: less than two hours direct sun per day. Usually under dense tree cover


Click here to download my definitive list of plants for shady places.