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Plants for Shade (Dry Soil)

Not everyone can have a south facing garden. However, that doesn't mean you can't have a beautiful garden. Some plants prefer shade and can cope with dry soil. The natural state for many shrubs and herbaceous plants is under taller trees! Planting shade loving/dry soil plants can also help to retain moisture in the soil - helping shade loving/moist soil plants to thrive. Below is a list of plants that are happy in shady conditions and dry soil. 

Shade loving Trees (Dry Soil)

Ilex aquifolium (Holly)
Taxus baccata (Yew)

Shadow loving Shrubs (Dry Soil)

Buxus sempervirens (box)
Daphne laureola
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Lonicera pileata
Mahonia aquifolium
Osmanthus decorus 
Ruscus aculeatus
Vinca minor
Vinca major
Kerria japonica
Rubus tricolour
Aucuba japonica
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’

Shady Ferns (Dry Soil)

Asplenium scolopendrium (harts tongue fern)
Ceterach officinarum (rusty black fern)
Polypodium vulgare (common polypody)

Perennials for shade (Dry Soil)

Alchemilla mollis
Iris foetidissima
Epimedium pinnatum subs. Colchicum
Symphytum grandiflorum
Bergenia cordifolia
Geranium macrorrhizum
Helleborus foetidus

Climbers for shade (Dry Soil)

Cissus striata
Hedera canariensis