The delicate white damson blossom mingled with the magnificent vibrant yellow forsythia contrasting with the glorious pink of the azaleas and the tiny dark cobalt blue buds of the bluebells. Gorgeous.
But there’s a shaded area of our garden under the damson and apple trees that’s always been rather forgotten.
So I decided this year to take this blank canvas and plant an array of shade loving shrubs to create an all year round focal point – vivid flowers for spring and summer, vibrant leaves for autumn and evergreen for winter.
Here are my pick of evergreen shrubs that thrive in the shade that I’ve chosen to give this space a much needed revamp.
An elegant shrub with dark glossy, deep green leaves, it has a profusion of large, eye-catching flowers that come in a rainbow of hues from pink to bright crimson, yellow to white.
Camellias grow and bloom better in partial shade with shelter from hot afternoon sun.
Hellebore (Christmas Rose)
From pure white to darkest black, to yellow, pink, crimson and dusky purple, many of the lighter shades are spotted with crimson.
Hardy and perennial, often evergreen, Hellebores are not affected by frost, rain or wind and are easy to grow, best planted in dappled shade. They will continue to bloom for a number of years.
The many species of this fabulous shrub each bloom in a kaleidescope of colours, from white to pink, yellow, purple and red.
Most varieties require light shade – avoid deep shade or full sun.
The pretty star-shaped blossoms smell lightly of citrus and attract lots of bees.
Hardy and low maintenance, the Choisya happily grows in partial shade.
Perfect for year-round interest.
With up to 100 species to choose from, Hebes (names after the Greek Goddess of Youth) add a colourful punch to your garden throughout the year with bright foliage that intensfies in the winter and gorgeous flowers in the summer and autumn.
With stunning tones from pink, white and crimson to deep burgundy, blue and purple, these show-stopping shrubs are attractive to bees and butterflies.
Extremely versatile, Hebes thrive in many conditions and are easy to maintain. They grow well in semi-shade as well as full sun.
Spring to summer flowering, this hardy shrub can grow in partial shade or full sun.
An easy to grow, drought-tolerant evergreen shrub, Lavender is extremely attractive to bees and butterflies.
Suited for growing in full sun they will also tolerate a small amount of shade.
I’m really looking forward to watching it spring to life over the coming months and become a flourishing mass of colour and interest – and bees and butterflies 🙂