Shady favourites: white and blue flowers to glow in low evening light. Shade in this case means protected from the sun during most of the day; under the canopy of large trees, or in the shade cast by buildings. Here are some example of lush planting for for these cool damp areas out of the sun: Astilbe ‘Rheinland’ is a pale pink, Astrantia major ‘Shaggy’ and ‘Large White’ have soft, green and white, pincushion flowers, a blue geranium such as ‘Orion’ makes a good contrast. Variegated hosts planted with Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle) gives a wonderful variations in texture and warm yellow colouring. A different, darker and much drier habitat occurs under low trees, evergreens and dense shrubs would not suit the above and is a problem for discussion on another day.