Shady areas, often under the canopy of other much larger plants may also be particularly dry and are often considered difficult areas in which to have colour and interest with shrubs, hedges and ground cover plants.
There are in fact many plants that will tolerate, or even thrive in these conditions. All of the plants below are suitable but do remember that even the most drought resistant species will need regular watering during the early stages to get established.
Tiny evergreen leaves are adorned with delicate creamy white flowers. Later the branches of Coral Beauty are studded with orange red berries. Excellent for shady areas.
Long trailing shoots of Cotoneaster Dammeri make this evergreen a superb very low growing ground cover plant. Lovely colourful waxy red fruits in autumn.
Heuchera Palace Purple is perfect for fronting beds with its neat clump forming habit. Rich purple foliage is adorned with sprays of tiny creamy white flowers in summer.
Rich dark green foliage and a succession of golden yellow start shaped flowers, Hypericum makes super ground cover colonising the most difficult and dry sites once established.
Tiny elongated bright green young leaves mature to a lustrous dark green in opposite pairs along purple stems of this Shrubby Honeysuckle ground cover plant.
A strong and robust form of this evergreen carpeting plant with fresh green foliage and masses of purple blue flowers in spring, and then intermittently throughout the season.
The glossy green foliage is blotched and margined with creamy white giving interest even when the succession of purple blue flowers is over.Tough and drought tolerant.
Beautiful azure blue flowers are nestled amongst a carpet of glossy green leaves, this low growing evergreen is perfect ground cover particularly in dry and shady areas.
This particularly colourful variety has dark green leaves with a large bright golden yellow centre that contrasts with the bright mauve blue flowers.
A great evergreen variety of Berberis making a dense and fairly fast growing prickly hedge, masses of rich orange flowers appear in late spring followed by edible barberries.
A deciduous prickly plant that is an excellent intruder deterent often used as a security hedge. Colourful features of yellow flowers in spring and red barberries in autumn.
This purple variety of Berberis is a deciduous medium sized extremely prickly shrub. Yellow flowers are followed by vibrant red fruits complimenting the red leaf.
This dwarf form of Berberis with dense bushy growth has attractive reddish purple foliage in summer which turns to an eyecatching red in autumn.
A fast growing prickly evergreen shrub making a very dense security hedge. Masses of rich yellow flowers in late spring are followed by spherical blue fruits.
Buxus Sempervirens or Common Box is one of the most popular evergreen plants for low hedges. Its neat compact habit also makes it ideal for topiary.
A very low growing variety of Box also know as Buxus Sempervirens suffruticosa. Perfect for edging vegetable plots and paths. Easy to maintain as only grows at 5-10cm per year.
A popular choice with its pretty emerald green rounded leaves and mound forming habit. A versatile plant suited for both hedging and ground cover.
Box variegated is a very attractive variety of Box with irregular creamy white margins to the leaf edge. Is similar in habit and growth to Dwarf Box.
Arching branches of Cotoneaster Lacteus have masses of tiny white flowers in summer and bright red berries in autumn. A very pretty evergreen hedging plant.
A good plant for shade Cotoneaster Simonsii is a semi evergreen of upright habit. Dark green foliage turns red in autumn. White flowers then orange red fruits last into winter.
This large evergreen shrub has grey green leaves that have a scaly silver underside. Small perfumed white flowers appear in autumn followed by orange berries in spring.
The young leaves of this attractive evergreen shrub begin as green with silvery scales and gradually develop a broad central splash of rich yellow and pale green.
Probably the most familiar of the Elder family this deciduous native shrub has clusters of white flowers followed by small black elderberries. Suits chalky and coastal sites.
This is a small, dense bushy shrub with a colourful golden edging to the green leaves. In winter these attractive variegated leaves also take on a tinge of red colour.
This small evergreen shrub has a dense bushy habit of growth. The green leaves have a pretty silver edging and in winter take on a tinge of pink. Also useful for ground cover.
Few shrubs give so much early spring colour at such modest cost, Flowering Currant makes an excellent and rather alternative hedge - or a more mainstream border shrub.
White flowers followed by red berries make a fantastic show against the deep blue green leaf colour of Ilex Meservae Blue Princess. Makes an excellent dense hedge.
Ilex x Altaclerensis Golden King makes a colourful and attractive hedge with its green leaf surronded by bright golden edging. A female cultivar. Shade tolerant.
A traditional hedge very popular due to its dense impenetrable yet attractive nature. Ilex Aquifolium has tiny white flowers and red berries on females plants. All are seed grown.
One of our best sellers, Hornbeam is easy to establish and thrives where it is too wet for Beech, it also retains its nut brown foliage in winter. Our plants are the best you will find.
Cherry Laurel Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia makes a very broad evergreen hedge excellent for screening or noise. Large shiny dark green oval leaves.
A versatile small evergreen suitable for low hedges or as ground cover. Prunus Laurocerasus Otto Luyken has compact growth and narrow pointed dark green leaves.
Prunus Lusitanica has a dark green ovate pointed leaf with white flowers followed by dark red fruits. Makes a lovely attractive hedge being a very useful and verstile plant.
Large ovate glossy leaves of Aucuba Japonica Variegata have speckled yellow markings making it an attractive alternative to the more common laurel hedge. A versatile plant.
The rich gold markings on the foliage of this semi evergreen large shrub makes Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum a great alternative to green privet for a bit of colour.
Ligustrum Ovalifolium is a popular versatile semi evergreen widely used for hedging. It is fast growing creating a lovely dense hedge with medium sized dark green leaves.
Often used in mixed hedges Ligustrum Vulgare is a semi evergreen with shiny green leaves and white flowers followed by black fruits in autumn attracting wildlife.
Pyracantha Mohave is a large prickly evergreen shrub with upright growth. The white flowers in spring are followed by masses of orange/red berries in late autumn.
Pyracantha Orange Glow makes an excellent prickly evergreen security hedge but is also very attractive with the white flowers appearing in June followed by orange berries.
Pyracantha Red Column is an attractive but thorny evergreen shrub with white flowers in June followed by bright red berries. It makes a very effective impenetrable barrier.
Another colourful display this time with yellow berries from this much to offer plant. As with all Pyracantha a superb security hedge. Fast growing at 30-60cm per year.
Snowberry is a great low maintenance hedging shrub that is grows anywhere from full sun to very shady making it an excellent and low cost choice for difficult sites.
These are great and very undevalued little evergreens, the glossy green leaves highlight the exquisitely fragrant white flowers that fill the garden with fragrance in late winter.
An attractive evergreen conifer with an upright bushy habit which is easier to maintain than Leylandii. The glossy dark green foliage makes for a splendid hedge or screen.
Thuja Plicata Atrovirens or Western Red Cedar is a fast growing upright conifer with aromatic green foliage. It is a good alternative to Green Leylandii as it is easier to maintain.
Viburnum Tinus, Lauristinus is a large evergreen bushy shrub with glossy dark green foliage. White flowerheads appear out of pink buds from November through to May.
English Yew is a classic green conifer often seen in churchyards. A very dense growing hedge or topiary plant which grows well in well drained soil.
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