Shrubs in shade

Some plants never do well in shade but it is surprising how many will perform in these conditions. Often this can be a determining factor for poor growth, little flora and general sickness.

Camellia’s can tolerate partial shade but the winter flowering variety sasanqua must have a full sun location to perform well. Found as a woodland plant often the more shaded the better. The varieties of x williamsii and japonica are hardy and can take hard pruning after flowering. Neutral to acidic soil are ideal conditions.

Skimmia’s too are evergreen and provide elements of interest through the seasons, produce berries for birds in winter and give a profusion of fragrant white flowers in the springtime. They do well in partial shade to full shade and prefer an acidic soil. The leaves can burn in full sun. No real maintenance to speak of, just unwanted growth. Woodland origins.

Azaleas do not respond to being in full sun so similarly suited to partial shade. A heathland plant which prefers a good drained spot with an acidic reading. No real pruning necessary but to control size. The varieties are highly scented and come in a wealth of colours. Light pruning after flowering.

Sambucus nigra has equally attractive foliage and can lift the dullest of corners. It also offers scented cream flowers in the summer months. It does like some sunlight but will happy enough in partial shade. In autumn, it provides deeply rich berries to wildlife as a necessary food source. Origins of a wasteland plant but some interesting cultivars. S. ‘golden tower’ and S. ‘black lace’.

Daphne’s prefer a neutral to more alkaline soil but still prefer a cooler spot. Daphne perform well in sheltered gardens in well drained conditions. They do not tolerate drought so moisture retentive soil packed with nutrients is necessary. The shrub is highly scented and hosts attractive pink flowers. Good solid hardy shrub.

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