Four unusual shade loving plants for a tropical garden

1. Woodwardia radicans

This rare evergreen fern is a fantastic shade loving plant for lush jungle foliage all year round. It will grow enormous fronds, sometimes up to 2 meters in length! Woodwardia ferns also have an amazing ability to produce new plants from the tip of their gigantic fronds, so in a bit of time you will have an amazing collection of these beautiful plants for the shady corners of your garden.

Woodwardia radicans ferns dwarfing a bench

2. Brunnera macrophylla

This silver leaved herbaceous perennial is more commonly seen in woodland planting. However, in recent years it has become increasingly popular as a choice for tropical styled gardens as it brightens up even the shadiest parts of your garden. In spring Brunnera will be covered in hundreds of tiny blue blooms that look very much like ‘Forget-me-nots’. Brunnera look great combined with blue leaved Hosta cultivars such as ‘Snowden’.

3. Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’

A rare plant to find in most British tropical and exotic style gardens. It’s fantastic golden speckled foliage is evergreen, and in time this Farfugium will form a clump of gorgeous exotic foliage for your shady spots. Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’ produces orange flowers on tall spikes when mature, but most people will grow it for its stunning evergreen foliage.

4. Podophyllum versipelle ‘Spotty Dotty’

Another rarer plant amongst British tropical styled gardens, but a fantastic shade loving plant of you can get one. ‘Spotty Dotty’, as most people know it, is an evergreen shade loving plant the provides extremely exotic looking foliage for the dark corners of your garden. It stands about 50cm high and forms a clump of spotted silver/grey leaves. It produces extraordinarily deep burgendy flowers in early summer, but you will have to look carefully for them as they are hidden beneath the leaves. A planting tip would be to position them at the top of a slope in your garden so that you can see the flowers as you walk up from the lower end of a path.