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Plants for Shade

One of the most common questions we’re asked is “What plants can I grow in shade?” There are a surprising number of flowering plants, climbing plants and even container plants that thrive in the shadows, so we've put together this handy guide to help you choose.

Flowering Plants for Shade

To add colour to a shady border, you can’t beat these shade-loving flowers. Classic Foxgloves are a must, and to complete the cottage garden look just add Campanula and https://www.rootsplants.co.uk/products/6-aquilegia-spring-magic-collection-10-5cm-pot. Bleeding Heart adds a touch of drama and works equally well in containers or beds.

Climbing Plants for Shade

There is a huge choice of climbing plants for shady gardens. Of course Ivy is the classic backdrop to a shady border, but other shade loving climbers include the gorgeous scented Star Jasmine, Viticella Clematis and delicate Honeysuckle.

Container Plants for Shade

Bring colour and texture to neglected corners of the garden with these shade-loving container plants. Hostas and Heucheras fill a large space with vibrant foliage and also flower in Summer. Salvias are having a moment right now and for good reason - they look fabulous in patio pots. Can’t decide? Start with our specially selected 9 Perfect Plants for Shade collection, which includes Hostas, Heucheras, Foxgloves and more.

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9 Perfect Plants for Shade
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9 Perfect Plants for Shade

Everything you need to bring a shady border to life

1 option from £65.00 £35.00
  • Shade loving plants of all heights in a variety of colours
  • Perfect collection for a border or bed
  • Hardy perennials with flowers from April to November
  • Includes RHS Award of Garden Merit and Plants for Pollinators winners
Mixed Flowering Perennial Plants | Extra Value Pack
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Mixed Flowering Perennial Plants | Extra Value Pack

Easily fill your garden with colour and fragrance

2 options from £54.00 £30.00
  • A mixture of brightly coloured flowers and foliage
  • Specially chosen to fill a border or bed
  • Perennials flowering from May to September
  • Includes RHS Award of Garden Merit and Plants for Pollinators winners
Heuchera 'Indian Summer Cranberry'

Juicy-red leaves to give your garden some exotic splendor

1 option from from £15.00
  • Rich red foliage with a hint of berry purple
  • Low-growing, amazing for vigorous ground-cover
  • Buy an almost mature plant of significant size
  • Produces tiny pink flowers in the summer
Campanula 'Alba'

Little fluffy clouds of white

1 option from £6.00
  • Large, cloud-white cup shaped flowers clustered on tall stems
  • Summer flowering in June and July
  • A cottage garden classic for a sunny or part-shaded border
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
Heuchera 'Paris'

Fantastic pink flower spires for added summer delight

2 options from from £5.00
  • Profusions of hot pink flowers in summer
  • Vibrant green foliage with hints of silver
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Buy an almost mature plant of significant size
Foxglove 'Dalmatian White' | Digitalis

Fantastic summer spires of white and purple

1 option from from £20.00
  • Towers of white bell-flowers speckled with purple
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Create a classic cottage garden aesthetic
  • Adds height and colour to your borders and beds
Foxglove 'Pink Panther' | Digitalis

The definitive pink foxglove

1 option from from £5.00
  • Masses of mid-pink bell-shaped flowers with spotted throats
  • Flowers throughout June and July
  • Essential for bee friendly gardens
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
Campanula 'Acaulis'

Long lasting deep violet bells

1 option from £6.00
  • Clusters of intense violet blue bell-shaped flowers
  • Flowers throughout June and July
  • Essential for a cottage garden border
  • A compact plant perfect for pots
Foxglove 'mertonensis Summer King' | Digitalis

A cottage garden must-have

1 option from £5.00
  • Towers of dusky pink bell-shaped flowers
  • Summer flowering from June to August
  • Perfect for a cottage garden border
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
Foxglove 'Dalmatian Purple' | Digitalis

Show Stopping Foxgloves of the most vibrant purple

1 option from from £15.00
  • Spectacular spires of speckled magenta purple
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Adds height and colour to your borders and beds
  • Create a classic cottage garden aesthetic
Heuchera 'Wild Rose' | 3L Pot

Powerfully purple, all year long

1 option from £15.00
  • Exotic, vibrant, purple foliage all year long
  • Keeps your garden fresh throughout the seasons
  • Produces spires of rosy pink flowers in the summer
  • Buy an almost mature plant of significant size
Campanula 'Pristar White'

Starry white clusters of floral bells

1 option from £5.00
  • Fresh green foliage with stems covered in starry white flowers
  • Summer flowering from June to August
  • A cottage garden favourite - great in pots too
  • Suitable for cut flowers
Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'

Add a dash of lime to your garden space

1 option from from £15.00
  • Stunningly vibrant lime-green leaves all year round
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Adds year-round vibrance to your garden space
  • Buy an almost mature plant of significant size
Campanula 'Pristar Deep Blue'

Deep blue cottage garden classic

1 option from £5.00
  • Compact stems packed with deep violet-blue bell shaped flowers
  • Flowers from June to August
  • Loves sunny borders and patio pots
  • Suitable for cut flowers
Heuchera 'Huckleberry'

Colour changing silver and purple tones

2 options from from £6.00
  • Unique purple with silver-hue foliage
  • Low-growing, amazing for vigorous ground-cover
  • Adds year-round vibrance to your garden space
  • Creates a brilliant canvas for summer flowers
Heuchera 'Marmalade'

Spread some Marmalade to make the garden sweeter

2 options from from £6.00
  • Incredible two-toned red and orange foliage
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Hardy evergreen perennial
  • Adds year-round vibrance to your garden space
Campanula 'Takion White'

Starry white bellflowers on elegant stems

1 option from from £8.00
  • Unique outward facing bell-flowers in daisy white
  • Great for the front of borders to cover space
  • Brilliant plant to support local bee populations
  • Super easy to grow and incredibly tough
Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

Blue all year with a hint of purple in the summer

1 option from from £8.00
  • Huge, vibrant blue leaves with a hint of silver
  • Keeps your garden looking fresh and healthy
  • Create an exotic aesthetic for your garden
  • Produces lavender purple flowers in the summer
Hosta 'Lady Guinevere'

Breathe some healthy green life in your garden space

2 options from from £8.00
  • Large light green and yellow leaves
  • Keeps your garden looking fresh and healthy
  • Create an exotic aesthetic for your garden
  • Hardy perennial–comes back year after year!
Foxglove 'Dalmatian Rose' | Digitalis

Towers of spectacular purple in the heat of summer

1 option from from £15.00
  • Profusions of Magenta Purple speckled flowers
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Create a classic cottage garden aesthetic
  • Perfect to plant at the back of your flower bed
Campanula 'Caroline'

Clusters of star-shaped lilac blooms

2 options from from £8.00
  • Clusters of delicate lilac bell-shaped flowers
  • Great for the front of borders to cover space
  • Mat of green foliage makes great ground cover
  • Super easy to grow and incredibly tough
Heuchera Black Pearl' | 3L Pot

Deepest, darkest leaves all year-round

1 option from £15.00
  • Dark purple foliage that maintains colour all year
  • Hardy evergreen perennial
  • Low-growing, amazing for vigorous ground-cover
  • Produces spires of tiny white and pink flowers
50cm Foxglove Dalmatian 'Purple' | Digitalis | 5L Pot

Perhaps the most stunning of the award winning Dalmation series

1 option from £20.00
  • Spectacular spires of speckled magenta purple
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Adds height and colour to your borders and beds
  • Create a classic cottage garden aesthetic
Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'

Add some unique darkness to your garden

2 options from from £6.00
  • Rich, dark, purple foliage throughout the seasons
  • Gives an exotic vibrance to your garden all year
  • Low-growing, amazing for vigorous ground-cover
  • Buy an almost mature plant of significant size

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