Shady Characters

Hasn’t the weather just been glorious the past few days – It really is starting to look like summer, complete with the typical downpours and rainstorms that we also encounter during this humid and muggy season. At least it gives us one less chore to do in our gardens, bypassing the watering cans and hose pipes for another day or so.

It is generally at this time where we notice the cool and darker shades of the garden – the forbidden zones that we gaze at with fear, quickly retracting our eye line to the sunnier spots full of colour and inspiration. If we block it out, it is like it doesn't exist ...................................... Until we look at it again and our denial bubble is popped like a balloon. 

We tend to settle with the idea that there is no hope for these little patches of grey nothingness. They are just the unfortunate corners that fail to attract the attention of the sun – the rejects.

I will always back up an underdog and feel there is much work to be done for our overlooked shady spots. There are many plants and varieties that are more than happy to comfort and love these beds and borders. I have selected a small variety of these plants to remind you that there is something out there for every feature and patch:

Perennials For:
Light/ Dappled Shade


Anemone Wild Swan

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Name : Anemone (Wild Swan)

Flowering Time: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Soil Type: Moist and Fertile 

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

Height: 60cm (24")

Spread: 45cm (18")







Helleborus Double Ellen White Spotted

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Name: Helleborus Double Ellen White Spotted

Flowering Time: Spring and Winter

Hardiness: Hardy

Soil Type: Moist and Fertile

Height and Spread: 35cm (14")



Heuchera Rio


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Name: Heuchera Rio

Flowering Time: June to August

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

Soil Type: Fertile, moist and well drained

Height and Spread: 35cm (14")






Perennials For:
Deep Shade


Pulmonaria Victorian Brooch




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Name: Pulmonaria Victorian Brooch

Flowering Time: April to July and January to March

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

Soil Type: Fertile and Moist

Height and Spread: 30-40cm (12-18")




Mukgenia Nova Flame


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Name: Mukgenia Nova Flame

Flowering Time: March to June

Hardiness: Hardy

Soil Type: Deep, moist and fertile

Height and Spread: 30-40cm (12-16")





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Name: Lespedeza thunbergii

Flowering Time: Autumn

Hardiness: Hardy

Soil Type: Well drained

Height and Spread: 1.5m (60")









Although a rather small selection, these shady characters are certain to radiate any dull area in your garden. I am on a campaign to inspire and entice you to become more attentive to those daunting dark beds and borders providing neglected patches with their own time to shine.

I would love to see what you have done with any shady spots in your own gardens. 

I would love to hear from you, as I always do!

becky@hayloftplants.co.uk

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