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.
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.
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.
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