Planting in a soggy shady corner

Planting - Buxted

June 2, 2015

I have a client that has struggled with a very wet and dark corner of the garden. This is a selection of plants that don’t mind the shade and can bear poorly drained soils.

For further ideas and details on each plant, check out the brilliant RHS plant finder.

Dryopteris filix-mas. There are lots of ferns to choose. This is a nice tall one, up to 1.5m.


Astilbe rivularis. Grows up to 1.8m with wonderful white plumes.


Alchemilla mollis. Great ground cover, but will spread if not controlled, beautiful after rain!


Astrantia maxima. Will grow to around 90cm.


Dicentra alba. A lovely plant of which the red, or red and white version is known as bleeding heart.


Pulmonaria angustifolia.


Symphoricarpos × chenaultii ‘Hancock’.  Useful deciduous shrub with seasonal interest.




Digitalis. A favourite.


 Convallaria majalis. Lily of the Valley.


Iris ensata. There are lots of irises to choose from and they generally love damp conditions.

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