Plant Solutions for Dry Shade

These stalwart plants can thrive beneath trees and large shrubs. To give them a head start, dig large holes, mix in plenty of compost, then apply lots of water while they settle in.

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Japanese kerria 'Golden Guinea'

Mature size: 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, well-drained soil.

Deadnettle (Lamium maculatum) 'White Nancy'

Mature size: 6 inches tall and 3 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: part to full shade; moist, well-drained soil.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria) 'Lewis Palmer'

Mature size: 14 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: part to full shade, moist soil.

Creeping saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera)

Mature size: 12 inches tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: part to full shade; moist, well-drained soil.

Brunnera 'Dawson's White'

Mature size: 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: part to full shade; moist, well-drained soil.

David Viburnum

Mature size: 5 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil.

Cyclamen coum, Pewter Group

Mature size: 3 inches tall and 4 inches side. Ideal growing conditions: part to full shade, moist soil.

Jacob's ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)

Mature size: 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil.

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'

Mature size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: part shade, moist soil.

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nivea'

Mature size: 3 feet tall, 18 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil.

Fringe cups (Tellima grandiflora)

Mature size: 32 inches tall, 12 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil.

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