Par­tial shade

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This could be an area that’s shaded for only part of the day, or gets mainly dap­pled light from the canopy of a tree or large shrub. Un­der­stand­ing the soil is im­por­tant – is it free-drain­ing or does it hold mois­ture? Un­like other sit­u­a­tions, plants la­belled ‘full sun’ will usually grow quite hap­pily in par­tial shade, al­though they might flower less pro­lif­i­cally. It’s worth ex­per­i­ment­ing.

As­tran­tias

These peren­ni­als are among my favourites for shade, and they keep pro­duc­ing their beau­ti­ful pin­cush­ion flow­ers, right through the sum­mer months. Many species are happy in sem­ishade, al­though some need more sun, while oth­ers pre­fer more shade.

Grasses

I do love or­na­men­tal grasses and cala­m­a­grostis is one of the best, bring­ing struc­ture to any bor­der. I tend to use them in semi-shade. They bring move­ment to a gar­den in even the soft­est breeze, and also pro­vide in­ter­est right through the win­ter months.

Vibur­nums

These hard-work­ing shrubs pro­vide flow­ers, berries, bold struc­ture and fo­liage that is of­ten ever­green or may have colour­ful tints. Many va­ri­eties grow hap­pily in semi-shade, with some even pro­vid­ing valu­able win­ter flow­ers and scent.

As­tran­tias Grasses Vibur­nums

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