The Q&A Archives: woody area plants

Question: in my garden i have a very charming woodland area. after getting rid of all the weeds, what plants will work in a damp and dappled sunlight?

Answer: Here's a short list of plants you might consider;
Allium ursinum. The native wild garlic grows abundantly in hedgerows and woods. It comes into growth in mid to late winter and we use the leaves raw or cooked. They have a very pleasant mild garlic flavour and add a zest to salads at this time of the year. The flowers and small bulbs can also be used. A. triquetrum, the three-cornered leek grows well on the sunnier edges of the woodland.

Campanula persicifolia. This harebell (or bluebell) is a beautiful plant that produces a flowering stem about 3 ft tall in the summer. The flowers have a delicate sweet flavor and make a very attractive addition to the salad bowl.

Cryptotaenia japonica. Japanese parsley is not really a parsley but the leaves taste vaguely like it if you use a considerable amount of imagination. The plant grows about 1? feet tall and prefers a moist shady position under trees, where it will often self-sow.

Erythronium species. Dog's tooth violets are dainty low-growing woodland bulbs related to lilies. They flower in early spring and disappear completely by early summer. The cultivars "Pagoda" and "White Beauty" are easy to grow and increase freely.

Lilium species. Lilies are ideal plants for the woodland. Tiger lilies are especially popular for woodland plantings.

Montia sibirica. Miner's lettuce is an evergreen herbaceous plant that succeeds in deep shade as well as in the sunnier areas. A short-lived perennial, it usually self-sows freely and makes an excellent ground cover in the woodland.

Viola odorata. Sweet violet is a low-growing carpeting plant and is quite capable of looking after itself along the woodland edge.

Enjoy your new garden!

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