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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
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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 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
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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 'Wildberry' | 3L Pot
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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
Heuchera 'Indian Summer Cranberry' | 3L Pot
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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 'Huckleberry' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Grow your own beds of silver

  • 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 '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
Heuchera 'Indian Summer Boysenberry' | 3L Pot
1 option from £15.00

Fiery leaves as hot as an Indian Summer

  • Fiery red and orange foliage
  • Low-growing, amazing for vigorous ground-cover
  • Year-round vibrance to your garden space
  • Hardy evergreen perennial
Heucherella 'Pink Fizz' | 3L Pot
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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
9 Perfect Plants for Shade
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9 Perfect Plants for Shade
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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
Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' | 3L Pot
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Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' | 3L Pot
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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
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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Starry white bellflowers on elegant stems

  • 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
50cm Foxglove Dalmatian 'White' | Digitalis | 5L Pot
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50cm Foxglove Dalmatian 'White' | Digitalis | 5L Pot
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Elegant in white; quite the spectacle

  • 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 'Dalmatian Purple' | Digitalis | 1L Pot
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Foxglove 'Dalmatian Purple' | Digitalis | 1L Pot
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Show Stopping Foxgloves of the most vibrant purple

  • 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
Campanula 'Caroline' | 1L Pot
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Campanula 'Caroline' | 1L Pot
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Clusters of star-shaped lilac blooms

  • 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
Campanula 'Acaulis' | 10.5cm Pot
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Campanula 'Acaulis' | 10.5cm Pot
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Deep violet bellflowers that last for weeks

  • Clusters of tiny bell-shaped violet flowers
  • Will thrive perfectly well in partial shade
  • Super easy to grow and incredibly tough
  • Make great ground cover or a wall feature
50cm Foxglove Dalmatian 'Purple' | Digitalis | 5L Pot
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50cm Foxglove Dalmatian 'Purple' | Digitalis | 5L Pot
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Perhaps the most stunning of the award winning Dalmation series

  • 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
Hosta Collection | 6 x 1L Pots
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Hosta Collection | 6 x 1L Pots
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A fabulous display of high-contrast foliage

  • Tall stems of lilac purple flowers emerge in the Summer
  • 6 x Hosta plants
  • Hardy perennials flowering from June to July
  • Statement groundcover for a classic border display

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