IT CAN be difficult to grow plants in your garden during the UK winter months, or if your garden doesn’t get a lot of sun.
Let’s see if it is plausible to continue growing a garden under these conditions.
Will my garden plants still grow if my garden does not receive sun?
Knowing where to place your plants is as important as knowing which types to grow in the first place.
Outdoor temperatures will strongly define what can be easily grown.
Still, the ultimate placement of your chosen vegetables will determine how well they grow for you.
Some plants crave sunny conditions and other plants are comfortable in the shade.
As a general rule, most plants will need a minimum of 6-8 hours of light per day (sometimes bright, sometimes indirect), but some will only thrive if they receive 10 or up to 14 hours of light.
Some really shade-loving plants will even do well if they only have 3-4 hours.
If your garden is completely shaded, your plants will struggle to grow and start showing signs, such as color changes in the leaves and a “long” stem.
However, not all plants have the same daylight requirements, which could explain why some of your plants do well and others don’t even when they all get the same full “day” of sunlight.
What if your garden isn’t getting enough sun?
Preparing the soil can be one of the best things you can do for your garden plants, as they do best in rich, well-drained soil.
Buy potting mixes from garden stores and enrich them with compost and slow-release fertilizers designed for low-light plants.
You should also consider choosing plants that grow well in light or partial shade.
There are steps you can take to get more light into your garden.
For example, you can install mirrors to reflect light and heat from the sun.
Or, paint a wall white so it can reflect and diffuse light in different directions.
What outdoor plants can grow without sun?
Here are some plants that grow well in the shade:
- Wood spurge, Iris foetidissima
- Wood spurge, Euphorbia amygdaloides
- Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis
- Winter Aconite, Eranthis hyemalis
- Bellflower, Campanula lactiflora
- Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea
- Granny’s hat, Aquilegia
- Bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis
- Pulmonary, Pulmonaria
- Siberian bugloss, Brunnera macrophylla
If you’re looking to grow vegetables in the shade, here are some recommendations:
- Swiss chard
- Salad leaves
Can a garden grow in the shade?
Growing a shade garden can be tricky, but it’s not impossible.
It is important to research the plants you want to include in your garden and their resistance in shady conditions.