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Shady garden? Best plants to choose

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Lamprocapnos alba (white bleeding heart)
Lamprocapnos alba (white bleeding heart)

Lack of sunlight can be a bonus not a problem

Most people think it’s the end of the world if they have a garden that’s in shade.

However, more and more of us in urban or suburban homes have this to contend with – sunlight not blocked by trees but by other buildings.

You can have a successful, beautiful, lush garden in semi-shade or shade – to use that well-worn phrase, by choosing ‘right plant, right place’.

You may have to forego sunflowers and a productive vegetable garden but visit my page on shade-tolerant plants to find out what to grow – http://mandycanudigit.com/plants/plants-for-shade/

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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