There are plenty of plants that can thrive even in the shadiest of gardens. While some flower-bearing species may not be able to survive in the shadows, there are many other leafy green, coloured and textured plants that can do well in shady conditions. For a shade tolerant collection, hostas make an excellent choice with their lush foliage, large leaves and colourful varieties; ferns such as ostrich and maidenhair ferns provide texture and life to a garden; heuchera is a great way to add colour and texture to a shade garden with its multi-coloured foliage; and for ground cover, consider pachysandra with its glossy foliage. Shade gardens also have room for trees: dogwood, birch, maple and beech are some of the trees that can tolerate low light conditions. Shade loving shrubs like hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons add more colour while providing height to the garden. Don’t forget vines – ivy will give your walls or fences more interest paired with flowering clematis or honeysuckle. Finally, hakone grass is perfect for adding movement to your shade garden as it sways gently in the breeze. With all these options at hand, there’s no reason why you should be disheartened by having a shaded garden!