Plants get energy from light through a process called photosynthesis.
How much energy they get affects the growth of the plant. Without any light, plants would not be able to produce the energy they need to grow.
Luckily for us gardeners with shady gardens. Not all plants need the same amount of light to thrive.
On this page I have listed plants that tolerate some shade, but before reading on, to better understand the different degrees of shade and to measure the amount of light that shines into your garden read my article here first.
Plants that will grow in shady areas are not very colourful, but often have interesting and attractive foliage, the leaves are usually larger than normal sun loving plants to gather as much light as possible from the shady conditions they grow in.
A selection of flowers, shrubs, perennials, hedgerow plants, and bulbs that will tolerate shady conditions and grow in containers positioned in partial shade.
Best Bulbs for shade
Most Bulbous plants can thrive under deciduous trees providing they are given an annual mulch.
These Shrubs will grow under high, broken or deciduous canopies.
Perennial plants that tolerate and will grow in shade
Annuals balsam, begonias, wax browallia, catharanthus (vinca), coleus, feverfew, fuchsias, impatiens, lobelia, mimulus, salvia, dwarf, torenia (wishbone flower)
Plants for planting in woodland (under trees) and hedgerow
British wildflowers from woodland glades and margins.
And semi-shaded field edges and hedgerows mix.
Most plants grown for their leaves, stems, or buds can be grown in a shady part of your garden and will grow happily, but will not grow in full, dense shade.
Vegetables, Salad and herbs that will grow in shady areas;