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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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Heuchera 'Wild Rose' | 3L Pot
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Powerfully purple, all year long

  • 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
Heuchera 'Paris' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Fantastic pink flower spires for added summer delight

  • 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
Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Add a dash of lime to your garden space

  • 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
Heuchera Black Pearl' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Deepest, darkest leaves all year-round

  • 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
Heuchera 'Marmalade' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Spread some Marmalade to make the garden sweeter

  • Incredible two-toned red and orange foliage
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
  • Hardy evergreen perennial
  • Adds year-round vibrance to your garden space
Heuchera 'Indian Summer Cranberry' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Juicy-red leaves to give your garden some exotic splendor

  • 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
Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Add some unique darkness to your garden

  • 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
Foxglove 'Pink Panther' | Digitalis | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

A Foxglove you can grow in pots!

  • Delicate Mauve-pink bell shaped flowers with speckled white and purple throats
  • Hardy perennial for flowers from June to August
  • Compact variety grows to only 40cm tall, making a stunning feature for pots
  • One of the best floral displays of any Foxglove
Foxglove 'Foxlight Plum Gold' | Digitalis | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Vibrant and compact Magenta Foxglove

  • Bright Magenta flowers with Plum and Gold speckled throats
  • Hardy perennial for flowers from June to July
  • Compact variety perfect for a Cottage Garden border
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators certified
Heuchera 'Cassis' 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Beautiful Blackcurrant toned Heuchera

  • Cherry Pink flowers on tall stems
  • Flowers from June to August
  • Ideal for a shady border
  • Fabulous feature in pots
Campanula 'Sago' 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

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  • Lavender Blue bell-shaped flowers
  • Flowers throughout June and July
  • Ideal for Cottage and Alpine garden borders
  • Perfect for Pollinators
Heuchera 'Wildberry' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Deep purple large-leaved Heuchera

  • Lily white flowers on Rose pink stems
  • Flowers from June to August
  • Brings texture and colour to a shady border
  • Fabulous feature in pots
Campanula 'Viking' 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

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  • Lilac Purple bell-shaped flowers
  • Flowers throughout June and July
  • A Cottage garden favourite perennial
  • Perfect for borders and pots
Campanula 'Takion Blue' 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

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  • Unique outward facing bell-flowers in Violet
  • Flowers from June to July
  • A superb feature for patio pots
  • Brilliant plant to support local bee populations
Heucherella 'Pink Fizz' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Sparkling colour tones from a shade-loving Heucherella

  • Blush pink flowers on tall spires
  • Flowers from June to August
  • Vibrant groundcover plant for borders
  • Suitable for container growing
Heuchera 'Coral Forest' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Vibrant green Heuchera with Coral red flowers

  • Intense, sweet scented Coral red flowers
  • Flowers from June to August
  • Vibrant groundcover plant for borders
  • Perfect patio feature in a container
Heucherella 'Red Rover' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Copper toned Heucherella for year-round interest

  • Creamy white flowers on tall Burgundy stems
  • Flowers from June to August
  • Fabulous feature for shady borders
  • Colour changing foliage
9 Perfect Plants for Shade
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9 Perfect Plants for Shade
0 options from £65.00 £40.00

Everything you need to bring a shady border to life

  • 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
12 Mixed Perennial Plants | Extra Value Pack
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12 Mixed Perennial Plants | Extra Value Pack
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Easily fill your garden with colour and fragrance

  • 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
Foxglove 'Dalmatian White'  | Digitalis | 1L Pot
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Foxglove 'Dalmatian White' | Digitalis | 1L Pot
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Fantastic summer spires of white and purple

  • 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
Heuchera 'Ruby Bells' | 10.5cm Pot
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Heuchera 'Ruby Bells' | 10.5cm Pot
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Tiny towers of ruby-red bells ringing in the growing season

  • Maintains deep-green foliage throughout the winter
  • Low-growing, amazing for vigorous ground-cover
  • Flowers from April to August
  • Produces spires of tiny, ruby red flowers
Bleeding Heart Plant 'Spectabilis Valentine' | Dicentra | 3L Pot
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Bleeding Heart Plant 'Spectabilis Valentine' | Dicentra | 3L Pot
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Romance flowering from Spring

  • Red heart-shaped flowers with a drip of white
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit winner
  • Blooms in Spring early in the growing season
  • Can be grown in the shadier parts of your garden
Campanula 'Takion White' | 1L Pot
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Campanula 'Takion White' | 1L Pot
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Beautiful daisy white bells ringing out towards you

  • 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
Foxglove 'Dalmatian Rose'  | Digitalis | 1L Pot
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Foxglove 'Dalmatian Rose' | Digitalis | 1L Pot
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Towers of spectacular purple in the heat of summer

  • 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

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