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Great value on plants that would cost a great deal more at a garden centre. I’ll keep on buying from gardens4you.
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Quick delivery, well packaged , healthy plants.Will use again. Plant arrived on time and in tip top condition.
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  1. Plantain Lily Hosta Collection x 6
    Plantain Lily Hosta Collection x 6
    £12.95
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    A high quality selection of Hostas great for border, in large tubs or in shady spots where nothing else will grow. Learn More
  2. Dicentra spectabilis Red
    Dicentra spectabilis Red
    £2.50
    Out of stock
    Remarkable plants with exquisitely formed heart shaped flowers hence the name Bleeding Heart Plant . Learn More
  3. Dicentra spectabilis White
    Dicentra spectabilis White
    £2.50
    Out of stock
    Remarkable plants with exquisitely formed flowers which 'bleed' a pure white floral droplet from the center of each heart shaped flower. Learn More
  4. Plantain Lily Hosta sieboldiana Elegans
    Plantain Lily Hosta sieboldiana Elegans
    £2.50
    Out of stock
    'Giant Silver Leafed Hosta' Sieboldi Elegans is the most attractive of all Hostas. It has beautiful intense silver-blue-green foliage and prominent... Learn More
  5. Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii x 3
    Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii x 3
    £2.75
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    Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii is an old-fashioned hardy border plant and great for planting under shrubs. It has a very special relationship with... Learn More
  6. Plantain Lily, Hosta Brim Cup
    Plantain Lily, Hosta Brim Cup
    £4.50
    Out of stock
    This great Hosta makes a perfect partner on the patio and decking. Does well in large planters. The perfectly shaped foliage with a bright golden... Learn More
  7. Aconitum cammarum Monkshood Bicolor x 3
    Aconitum cammarum Monkshood Bicolor x 3
    £8.50
    Out of stock
    Also known as Monkshood or Mookhood. This unusual eye-catching Aconitum blooms with lovely creamy white and purple tinted hooded flowers on tall... Learn More
  8. Dicentra spectabilis combo
    Dicentra spectabilis combo
    £5.50
    Out of stock
    Remarkable red and white plants with exquisitely formed flowers which 'bleed' floral droplets from the centre of the heart shaped flowers. These... Learn More
  9. Plantain Lily Hosta Barbara Ann
    Plantain Lily Hosta Barbara Ann
    £2.95
    Out of stock
    Hosta Barbara Ann is a large leafed variety with very attractive heart shaped blue-green corrugated foliage with a broad white margin. One of the... Learn More
  10. PlantainLily, Hosta First Frost
    PlantainLily, Hosta First Frost
    £3.50
    Out of stock
    One of the last varieties to die back in late autumn hence the name 'First Frosts', this new variety has blue grey foliage with broad, irregular... Learn More
  11. Plantain Lily Hosta Pathfinder
    Plantain Lily Hosta Pathfinder
    £4.95
    Out of stock
    This shapely beauty has waxy creamy- white foliage with wide irregular dark green rippled margins. A medium sized Hosta perfect for ground cover or... Learn More
  12. Plantain Lily Hosta Vulcan
    Plantain Lily Hosta Vulcan
    £3.75
    Out of stock
    Named by a Star Trek fan, Vulcan has creamy white foliage with wide irregular dark green and yellow streaked margins. This hosta produces pale... Learn More
  13. Brunnera macrophylla Variegata
    Brunnera macrophylla Variegata
    £7.50
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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata' produces highly decorative heart shaped, variegated foliage in spring followed by sky blue forget-me-not like... Learn More
  14. Plantain Lily Hosta fortunei Patriot
    Plantain Lily Hosta fortunei Patriot
    £2.95
    Out of stock
    Patriot is a medium hosta, it has highly ornamental olive-green foliage with wide irregular pure white margins and pale lavender flowers in summer.... Learn More
  15. Astilbe arendsii Fiery Red
    Astilbe arendsii Fiery Red
    £2.75
    Out of stock
    Carpet Astilbe arendsii Fiery Red is ideal for shady, moist areas in your garden and thrives with the minimum of work Learn More
  16. Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd
    Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd
    £3.25
    Out of stock
    The Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd has round blue-grey puckered leaves. This plant has beautiful white flowers from July to August and grows best in... Learn More
  17. Hosta Anne
    Hosta Anne
    £3.75
    Out of stock
    Hosta Anne has dark green leaves with a striking wide yellow margin. This plant gives a unique look to your garden. Hosta plants are versatile-... Learn More
  18. Hosta Avocado
    Hosta Avocado
    £3.75
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    The Hosta Avocado is a mutation of the Hosta Guacamole of which it keeps the magnificent fragrant white bloom. The flowers appear in July and are... Learn More
  19. Hosta Banana Kid
    Hosta Banana Kid
    £3.75
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    Hosta Banana Kid has yellow-green textured large leaves. The bright, chartreuse hue of this versatile perennial is spectacular. Grows quickly with... Learn More
  20. Hosta Bobcat
    Hosta Bobcat
    £6.50
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    The Hosta Bobcat is a beautiful little hosta with blue-green leaves surrounded by a golden border that turns creamy white as the season progresses.... Learn More
  21. Hosta Broadway
    Hosta Broadway
    £4.95
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    Hosta Broadway is a medium to large sized hosta with striking foliage that develops lavender colored flowers midsummer. Hosta plants are versatile-... Learn More
  22. Hosta Captain's Adventure
    Hosta Captain's Adventure
    £5.25
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    Hosta Captains Adventure is a standout variety with leaves that emerge chartreuse, then develop a wide creamy-white margin and darker green streaks... Learn More
  23. Hosta Color Festival
    Hosta Color Festival
    £5.50
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    Hosta Colour Festival features leaves with a white centre that goes from light yellow to a dark green margin. Hosta Color Festival is a... Learn More
  24. Hosta Colored Hulk
    Hosta Colored Hulk
    £2.95
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    The Hosta Colored Hulk is a medium sized hosta with thick, pale green leaves with a dark green margin and a chartreuse halo in between. This hosta... Learn More
  25. Hosta Delta Dawn
    Hosta Delta Dawn
    £2.95
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    Hosta Delta Dawn has foliage with wide creamy margins surrounding a chartreuse gold centre. Leaves are corrugated and wavy. The plant produces... Learn More
  26. Hosta Dream Weaver
    Hosta Dream Weaver
    £4.95
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    Hosta Dream Weaver leaves emerge with a bright yellow center surrounded by a wide blue margin. In summer it has creamy white centres that contrast... Learn More
  27. Hosta Emerald Charger
    Hosta Emerald Charger
    £6.95
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    Hosta Emerald Charger has gold leaves with wide green margins. Mature leaves some waviness. They develop tall fragrant flowers in August. Hosta... Learn More
  28. Hosta Enchiladas
    Hosta Enchiladas
    £5.50
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    Hosta Enchiladas is a stunning Hosta. The bright yellow leaves have thick dark green margins. Hosta plants are versatile- They grow well in part... Learn More
  29. Hosta Fire and Ice
    Hosta Fire and Ice
    £6.50
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    Hosta Fire and Ice has white centred leaves, with dark green edges. Plant in a spot that gets the morning sun for optimal growth. Perfect for low... Learn More
  30. Hosta Firn Line
    Hosta Firn Line
    £4.95
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    Hosta Firn Line has heart-shaped blue leaves with a wide white margin. Hosta plants are versatile- They grow well in part sun to semi-shade, in... Learn More
  31. Hosta Get Nekkid
    Hosta Get Nekkid
    £5.25
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    Hosta Get Nekkid is a wonderfully attractive plant. It has very shiny light green leaves with wavy margins. Its flowers are very decorative,... Learn More
  32. Hosta June
    Hosta June
    £5.50
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    The Hosta June root produces medium-sized, oval foliage, very nicely variegated with deep green, pale green and delicate gold. It produces lots of... Learn More
  33. Hosta Jurassic Park
    Hosta Jurassic Park
    £6.50
    Out of stock
    The Hosta Jurassic Park is a large perennial that starts growing in very large clumps in early spring. The plant once adult after 5 or 6 years, can... Learn More
  34. Hosta Lakeside Banana Bay
    Hosta Lakeside Banana Bay
    £4.50
    Out of stock
    Hosta Lakeside Banana Bay has beautiful large, bright yellow leaves with an apple green margin. It has prominent veins and slightly wavy edges. It... Learn More
  35. Hosta Lakeside Little Tuft
    Hosta Lakeside Little Tuft
    £3.75
    Out of stock
    Hosta Lakeside Little Tuft has interesting elongated leaves with creamy white centres and dark green margins. Pale purple flowers appear in... Learn More
  36. Hosta Liberty
    Hosta Liberty
    £5.50
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    Hosta Liberty has broad leaves with wide yellow-cream margins. Pretty purple flowers appear in the Summer. Hosta plants are versatile- They grow... Learn More
  37. Hosta Magic Island
    Hosta Magic Island
    £6.50
    Out of stock
    Hosta Magic Island is an attractive member of the Hosta family. It has grey-blue leaves with a centre that starts creamy-white and progresses to a... Learn More
  38. Hosta Mama Mia
    Hosta Mama Mia
    £3.75
    Out of stock
    The Hosta Mama Mia Hosta is a pretty perennial that can grow up to 35cm tall and 60cm wide. This rustic hosta is resistant to temperatures down to... Learn More
  39. Hosta Mighty Mouse
    Hosta Mighty Mouse
    £8.95
    Out of stock
    The Hosta Mighty Mouse has blue-green leaves with a wide cream-white margin. It is hardy and reliable and like many hostas will appreciate cool,... Learn More
  40. Hosta Miracle Lemony
    Hosta Miracle Lemony
    £8.50
    Out of stock
    The Hosta Miracle Lemony remains the very first hosta to produce yellow flowers. The bright yellow flowers it produces are bell-shaped and give off... Learn More
  41. Hosta Moon Split
    Hosta Moon Split
    £4.50
    Out of stock
    Hosta Moon Split has dark leaves and a golden margin. It produces pretty mauve-lavender blooms and will like a northerly, shady position. It is a... Learn More
  42. Hosta Morning Star
    Hosta Morning Star
    £6.50
    Out of stock
    Hosta Morning Star leaves have an irregular dark green margins and creamy white centres. ... Learn More
  43. Hosta Paul Revere
    Hosta Paul Revere
    £5.50
    Out of stock
    Hosta Paul Revere has cream-white centered leaves and dark green edges. Lavender coloured flowers appear in Summer. ... Learn More
  44. Hosta Popcorn
    Hosta Popcorn
    £5.50
    Out of stock
    Hosta Popcorn has thick cupped leaves with blue-green margins. In Spring the centres are pale yellow, changing to creamy white as the season... Learn More
  45. Hosta Praying Hands
    Hosta Praying Hands
    £4.95
    Out of stock
    Hosta Praying Hands has a unique upright form with narrow, tightly folded dark green leaves edged with yellow. Flowers in Summer with bell shaped... Learn More
  46. Hosta Prima Donna
    Hosta Prima Donna
    £3.75
    Out of stock
    Hosta Prima Donna has wonderfully textured glossy green leaves with a yellow margin that changes to white as the Summer progresses. Pale lavender... Learn More
  47. Hosta Purple Sensation
    Hosta Purple Sensation
    £4.95
    Out of stock
    Hosta Purple Sensation features very attractive bright green foliage that is wonderfully textured. It also features unique dark purple star-shaped... Learn More
  48. Hosta Raspberry Sundae
    Hosta Raspberry Sundae
    £8.95
    Out of stock
    Hosta Raspberry Sundae is a unique hosta featuring rich red petioles, beautiful varigated foliage and deep lavender blooms in Summer. This... Learn More
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Shade-loving plants are very important to many gardens as they can bring light to darker areas of the garden.

Take for example a variegated Hosta, the radiant foliage will enhance the darker area of the garden and brighten it up.

We all have a bit of shade in the garden, but this shouldn't be seen as a problem as there are so many shade tolerant plants available to brighten even the darkest of areas.

We've put together a list of some of the most popular shade loving plants to help you on your way to a colourful garden. It's good to note how long the area is in the shade for when you are selecting your plants some plants grow in partial shade with just a few hours of sun each day whereas others will grow in almost total shade.

Beautiful shady garden

How to make a beautiful shady garden? With perennials, of course! Many people think that perennials do not grow in the shade. Fortunately, there are many examples of beautiful shady gardens to prove the opposite. The range of perennials in the shade is surprisingly huge.

A shady garden is not necessarily boring, in the cool shade grow the most beautiful plants for shade. They may be less spectacular, but no less beautiful. We speak of shade, when in summer there is less than three hours a day of direct sunlight, or over a long period of time, filtered light shines on the plant. Achieving a successful plantation in a shady garden is not difficult. It is important to consider the amount of shade. In the low light environment of deciduous trees and shrubs or in front of a wall, there is surprisingly a large range of shade plants that can grow.

Taking care of shadow plants

Shade is not usually the biggest problem for shade plants, it is mostly dry soil under trees or walls to the north. If the light is low and there is almost no water, then most shade plants die. Give them more water during dry periods. You also help them by covering them with dead leaves, so the water is better preserved in the soil. Spread each year a layer of compost, wood chips or bark between the shade plants. This produces a little more humus in the soil. Humus acts like a sponge and retains water better.

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Excellent 4.7/5

Based on 10.355 reviews
star star star star star
Julia C. from Newcastle
07-01-2021
Great value on plants that would cost a great deal more at a garden centre. I’ll keep on buying from gardens4you.
Excellent
star
Reginald E., Leeds
19-01-2022
Quick delivery, well packaged , healthy plants.Will use again. Plant arrived on time and in tip top condition.
Excellent
star
Graham I. from Otley West YorkshireCiara O. from Leixlip
22-01-2021
First class products with a prompt service to match. Will definitely place further orders.
Excellent
star