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Plants for Shade (Wet Soil)

Shade often results in wet soil. Some plants prefer wet soil and shade from the sun. The natural state for many shrubs and herbaceous plants is under taller trees! Planting shade loving/moist soil plants can also help to improve the condition of the soil. Below is a list of plants that are happy in shady conditions with wet soil.

If you are not sure which parts of your garden get sun and which areas don't - try buying some small solar powered lamps! The amount of light given off each evening will indicate which lamps received the most sunlight.

Shadow loving Shrubs (wet soil)

Paeonia lutea var ludlowii (tree paeony)
Pieris Formosa var forrestii ‘wakehurst’
Prunus laurocerasus
Rhododendrons
Skimmia japonica
Viburnum
Daphne laureola. Subsp. Philippi
Leucothoe fontanesiana
Sarcococca humilis
Vinca minor
Mahonia japonica

Dark-corner Climbers (wet soil)

Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’
Hrdrangea petiolaris
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Hedera colchica ‘Dentata’

Herbaceous plants for shade (wet soil)

Alchemilla mollis
Bergenia
Anemone x hybrida
Euphorbia amygdaloides var.robbiae
Geranium macrorrhizum
Hostas - some
Helleborus orientalis
Polygonatum x hybridum
Primulas – many
Pulmonaria saccharata
Symphytum grandiflorum
Tradescantia fluminensis
Trillium grandiflorum
Digitalis mertonensis
Tiarella cordifolia
Tolmiea Taffs gold

Ferns for shade (wet soil)

Most varieties
Polypodium vulgare
Polystichum setiferum

Bulbs etc for shady areas (wet soil)

Arum italicum

Corms and Tubers (wet soil)

Galanthus nivalis
Leucojum Aestivum
Narcissus cyclamineus

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