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Shade Garden Floors
The Bell Clivia provides spectacular seasonal colour in dry shade. Out of flower, the strappy leaves make a most attractive groundcover.
Plectranthus saccatus, Hypoestes aristata, and Aloe dyeri form the backdrop to fat, bright green leaves and sun-yellow flowers of Bulbine natalensis.
Scadoxus multiflorus 'Katherinae' - balls of fire brighten a woodland floor.
Pinks and purple/blue
Crinum moorei and Plectranthus zuluensis is favourite combination for frost-free gardens
Scadoxus puniceus. Woodland Floor
There is little in the floral world to beat a group of scarlet-orange Scadoxus puniceus in full flower.
Purple Plecs and Yellow Clivia
A seasonal mix: leaf, form, flower
Hypoestes aristata adds purple plumes in autumn, with bright lime green Plectranthus 'Shash' and strong arching leaves of Aloe dyeri providing year-round interest.
Easy-care shrubs to line a shaded pathway
Spectacular autumn shade
Plectranthus ecklonii, P. fruticosus, Draceana, and Strelitzia reginae.
Ivy leaves and brick-red flowers of Pelargonium tongaense make a beautiful display in light, partial, and dappled shade.
The pale bark is a perfect foil for the dark purple flowers of Plectranthus ambiguus.
Shade Cycad Circle
Dark green fronds of this shade-loving Cycad rise above maroon leaves of Plectranthus verticillatus in sharp contrast to the pale green/ white trunks of 2 Fever Trees.
Wild shade floor
Beautiful Setaria megaphylla interspersed with Crocosmia aurea.
These gorgous small bulbs are care-free additions to a shade garden, often bird planted in wildlife-friendly gardens.
Cool pinks for shade
Spectacular Crinum moorei is the focal point in this shade section. Pink Plectranthus ecklonii extends the display, all thrown into sharp relief by the dark green foliage of Mackaya bella. Luminous orange Crocosmai aurea add punch.
Edging a path
Chlorophytum bowkeri, clivias, and Plectranthus species create cool layers and points of interest alongside a shady path.
Brighten Shade with Variegated Leave
Plectranthus madagascariensis adds light to a shady floor.
Moss-like Selaginella kraussiana, bright green Plectranthus verticillatus, and the lanceolate leaves of Ruellia cordata.
Moss floors for Shade
Selaginella kraussiana pools around stepping stones, with Clivia miniata wrapping around large stone features just off a shady patio.
Mulch the floor with plants
Selanginella kraussiana gives a soft, moss-like texture in damp shade.
Tall seed fronds of Setaria megephylla catching the light on the woodland floor.
Light greens for shade
Bright green Krauseola mosambicina send long stems to intermingle with Plectranthus zuluensis.
Crinum and Plectranthus zuluensis
Broad, bright green leaves of Crinum moorei adds zing to this subdued shady floor.
Lime-green foliage for light shade
Bright yellow-gold/ lime green leaves of Plectranthus ciliatus steels the show here. There are a variety of hybrids - Shasha, Lemon Twist, Easy Gold. It lifts the dark leaves of Hypoestes aristat, and the blue-green Aloe dyeri.
Crassula expansa, Scadoxus, Dietes
Even without flowers, a variety of shades of green, leaf shape and texture, and form combine for an interesting and attractive shade design. Flowers are merely a bonus.
Pelargonium tongaense, Chlorophytum saundersiae, Selaginella kraussiana, and the basket grass, Oplismenus hirtellus hug the dark brown trunk.
Features for Shade
A simple African pot tucks into Plectranthus ciliatus, with Bulbine natalensis in front.
Small bulbs for shade
Ledebouria species add delightful texture with their dark purple spots and tiny pink-cream flowers. Plant right at the front of a shady bed.
Hen & Chicken and Crassula
Light shade bulbs
Ledebouria species add delightful texture withAdding mint and chocolate drops to a dappled woodland their dark purple spots and tiny pink-cream flowers. Plant right at the front of a shady bed.
Ledebouria and Plectranthus
Tuck these shade bulbs beneath shrubs.
Dark and bright
Plectranthus purpuratus and Plectranthus ciliatus 'Shasha'.
This quite beautiful perennial is a must-have for damp woodland.
Narrow wall bed
Neat Plectranthus and Indigofera micrantha beautify a narrow bed shaded by a brick wall.
A no-mow lawn
Shade grass Oplismenus hirtellus creates a soft no-mow cushion of lawn in dappled shade
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