Creating an attractive border in a shady part of your garden depends largely on the choice of plants. Obviously it is important to select shade tolerant plants. There are different types of shady conditions ranging from dry shade under house eaves or trees to wet shade in poorly drained areas without large trees to remove excess water. The plan presented here is suitable for a reasonably well-drained site, measuring 10 x 2 m.
Plant shapes and textures are particularly important in shade gardens. Colour also requires special attention. If you have ever observed what happens to colours in shady areas, you will know that they become duller and that dark colours become even darker. Bright and light colours are the most efficient in cheering things up in dark places.