Planting Ideas: Shady spots don’t have to be blank spots!

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Planting Ideas or as us in the garden design world call it ‘A Planting Plan’ are sometimes a more cost effective and easy way to rejuvenate your garden – In my experience implementing a carefully considered and well structure planting plan can invigorate a tired garden. And can, if done correctly accentuate hard landscape elements that had previously been considered past its best! Saving no end of money.

Shady spots are probably one of my biggest client demands, people always seem to struggle with them, but lets be honest don’t exactly live on a sun drench desert island. There are tonnes of great shady loving plants out there! Personally I love shady borders its gives me a chance to use some of my favourite plants, which I mix together to give little sparks throughout the year.

The planting ideas i’ve come up with for this planting plan covers an area of roughly 10m2 but it can easily be done in smaller areas by removing some of the bigger specimen plants. Remember planting in clumps looks more natural so avoid planting singular or paired unless its large shrub or tree like the Amelanchier included in here.

Planting your garden up is my opinion, more often that not a case of trial and error, so don’t be afraid to come up with your own planting ideas, whats the worst that can happen? You lose a few plants! A least you know – one word to the wise though before you start its worth drawing up your own planting plan so that you end up with a plot that looks confused!

Key to the planting plan

  1. Amelanchier lamarckii x 1
  2. Anemanthele lessoniana x3 
  3. Sarcococca ruscifloia chinensis x 3
  4. Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ x 6
  5. Dicentra spectabilis x 9
  6. Narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’ x 17



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