Most gardeners consider shade to be a problem. But, having taken over a completely empty site, formerly a field, I have been longing for the day when I had enough shade to cover a daisy. A few trees have grown well and provide patches of shade so that, sometime soon, I will be able to plant some shade-lovers but, after two years, a curved, double row of hornbeams are now making a shady path. It divides a circular bed and separates part of the yellow and white garden from a rose bed.
It was put there to make a ‘woodland’ bark path where I planned to plant cyclamen. I brought with me to the garden lots of seedlings of Cyclamen hederifolium from my silver-leaved plants, with pink and white flowers. It is always worth buying cyclamen in growth so you can select the leaf patterns you like best and then, in autumn and winter, you can look under the leaves and find lots of tiny seedlings that can be transplanted or potted to grow on and plant elsewhere. Most of my plants are thus two or three years old and were only put into the soil in spring this year, as they were dying down so they will need another season before they truly show themselves. But it is a start and I think the plan will work.