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Plants for shade

Bulk-up the soil with com­post be­fore plant­ing.

Mulch reg­u­larly to con­serve mois­ture and build up soil struc­ture.

Ap­ply fer­tiliser to com­pen­sate for the com­pe­ti­tion from tree roots.

In very dry ar­eas con­sider in­stalling an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.

Prune trees to let more light and mois­ture into the soil be­low.

Pro­tect young plants and newly emerg­ing spring fo­liage from slugs and snails.

Plants grow more slowly in the shade. Start with larger plants for quicker re­sults.

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