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My perfect picks for shady spaces; Gardening club.

Byline: with DAVID DOMONEY

You might be surprised by what plants love a shady patch.

Ferns are used to forest floors so are made for this sort of environment. They're brilliant in tubs and love damp, gloomy spaces. They add real atmosphere, especially alongside a water feature.

Fuchsias are sturdy little beasts that can survive in semi-shade positions - and hardy varieties will come back year after year.

They are perfect as the centrepiece for containers and SHADY LADIES tubs. Smaller varieties will also thrive in larger hanging baskets.

Coral bells, or beuchera, are one of my favourite options and there is a stunning range to choose from. They are great in borders or in containers as solo plants.

But for rich and vibrant foliage, often with variegated leaves, coleus and begonias are beauties - although they are not the hardiest. The easiest option is to grow them in containers and bring them inside before the Coleus frost hits.

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