HAKONECHLOA MACRA OR 'JAPANESE FOREST GRASS'

this vibrant deciduous plant thrives in damp shade and has mounds of cascading leaves

MELICA UNIFLORA

this deciduous native grass grows in woodland, on shady banks and in alkaline soils

FERNS

Happy to grow in inhospitable spots, many of these plants are evergreen, and there's a huge range of shapes and sizes

HEDERA HELIX OR IVY

A shade-loving climbing plant, English ivy is great for adding greenery as well as covering less attractive spots in a garden

HYDRANGEAS

Once established, these shrubs will provide reliable summer colour beneath trees or on the shady side of a garden.

HARDY GERANIUMS

This useful plant does well make good ground-cover plants in full or partial shade.

CLEMATIS

CLEMATIS are good climbers for shady spots. Like all clematis, they prefer their roots in shade and heads in sun

HELLEBORUS ORIENTALIS OR HELLEBORE

This perennial foliage plant deserves to be better known. Happy in partial or full shade,

TELLIMA GRANDIFLORA OR 'FRINGE CUPS

A semi-evergreen, tallish, ground-cover perennial that does well planted around trees.

GALANTHUS NIVALIS OR SNOWDROP

Their arrival is one of the first signs that winter in drawing to a close and snowdrops are known for thriving around the base of a tree