Shade loving plants for a city garden

One of the most common problems in a city garden is natural light. So many gardens struggle for light with overhanging trees, high boundaries and houses blocking out light. One garden I recently updated the planting for did not get much natural light at all. So here are some of my favourite shade loving plants for the garden. I especially like using white flowering plants for a shady spot.


Parthenocissus henryana on a North Facing Wall

Parthenocissus henryana

North-facing walls can be one of the hardest areas to cover in a shady garden. Here is a picture on the left of a brick wall with Parthenocissus henryana in a garden I designed a couple of years ago. The leaves on the self clinging climber have a really pretty silver veining with an underside of red, these colours can be picked up with other plants in the garden.


Polystichum polyblepharum

An evergreen fern for full shade situations grows up to 1 metre


Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

Evergreen perennial with large rounded leaves. A great plant to great contrast with strappy leaf plants or ferns.


Sarcococca confusa

Evergreen shrub, slow growing and very easy to grow with lovely shiny leaves.


Claire Austin Rose by David Austin Roses

A shade tolerant, disease tolerant, easy to grow rose for many conditions.


Symphytum grandiflorum

A pretty groundcover - I have seen this planted under trees and in spring especially it covers the ground with lovely rounded leaves and small tubular creamy flowers. This is great for wildlife too.


Some of my other favourites

Vinca minor f.alba 'Gertrude Jekyll'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Geranium phaeum var. lividum

Liriope muscari 'Monroe White'



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