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Top 7 plants that thrive in shady areas

As the dull greys of winter loom ever closer, plant exposure to sunlight is restricted further and further. Pro Landscaper rounds up seven of the top plants that thrive in shady areas.

Sarcococca ruscifolia

A compact plant, sometimes suckering evergreen shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and tiny, fragrant creamy-white flowers in winter or spring. 

Daphne oleoides

A shrub of the family Thymelaeaceae, it is native to the southern Europe, northern Africa, and Asia. Commonly sprouts four-lobed flowers and colourful berries.


This species can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen. Geranium usually has palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers. 

Clematis ‘Blue Eclipse’

A climbing plants which can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, Clematis ‘Blue Exclipse’ can also sprouts attractive fluffy seedheads in autumn. 

Pulmonaria longifolia

This is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae, native to Europe and western Asia. Survives in a wide variety of soil conditions.

Camellia japonica

Also known as common camellia or Japanese camellia, it belongs to the Theaceae family. Camellia are evergreen shrubs with simple, ovate, glossy, leathery leaves and showy flowers. 

Adiantum aleuticum

A species of fern in the genus Adiantum, native mainly to western North America from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Like all the other plants on this list, it thrives in shady areas.

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